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THE PORT FOLIO,

CONDUCTED BY OLIVER OLDSCHOOL, ESQ.

Various, that the mind
Of desultory man, studious of change
And pleased with novelty, may be indulged.-CowPER.

VOL. XII.

SEPTEMBER, 1821.

N.I.

LETTERS FROM AFRICA, By Don Signor Travideani, or Aviero, to Canova, the Sculptor.

FROM THE ITALIAN

Palmyra 17th December, 1818. MABING a short stay at Grand Cairo, I embarked in the neighbourhood of Babylonia ; and turning away from Rhodes, proud of its Nilometer, I found running upwards, Cimopolis, and the city that calls to remembrance the depraved licentiousness of Adrian, the Lower Abydos, Lycopolis, and many other places not mentioned with us.

The picturesque prospect of a thousand cavities called to my inind the anchorites of Thebes.

Following the well-employed journey, I observed Abotis, Arrotopholis, and Tentea, where, in the temple of Isis, I tasted, with wonder, the Egyptian learning; and, turning towards the opposite shore, I passed by Coenas, and Apollinopolis Minor ; reviewing near thereto the city of the Hundred Gates.

Here is Carnak with its boundless walks of sphinxes, the Propyleon, porticoes of granite, the courts, the squares, and the tem. ple, with eighteen ranks of columns hieroglyphically sculptured, the circumference of which seven men hardly span with their arms.

Luxor, with its obelisks and innumerable colonnades.

Behold Medinet Abu covered with endless ruins, and with the monstrous colossus that saluted the appearance of the king of the stars, and still shadows the Theban plain. VOL. XII.

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