This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...hints for direction in determination. EXPLANATION OF THE PI.ATE. In vindication of the idea that the Philistines treated the ark of the Lord as they were accustomed to treat their own deities, I submit No. 1. a medal of Sidon, in which we see distinctly, the deity, Luna, Astartaor Ashfarolh, the Moon, known by the crescent adorned with strings of pearls, and other ornaments, sitting in a covered waggon, i.e. a waggon having a canopy, supported by four pillars, around which the curtains for enclosure might be hung; but these are removed by the medallist in order to shew the goddess: for indeed, if they were close drawn, the divinify within to whom the vehicle is sacred could not be distinguished. It is clear, however, from this medal, that Ihe Sidonians in their processions carried Ashfarolh in a covered waggon. No. 2. Another medal of the Sidonians; in which the covered waggon is shewn, completely, with its canopy, adorned with branches. We remark, 1st, fhat the wheels of both these car riages are not solid, but have spokes to them, 2dly, that only two wheels appear to each carriage. No. 3. Is a Roman medal, shewing how greatly this kind of carriage was ornamented on some occasions. The use of such equipages was granted as a privilege, to the empresses, and to deities; and this medal shews, that Agrippinahad received, after her death, a kind of consecration; such honour being implied in the use of the Carpenlum. That this was bestowed after death, we have many inslances, as Julia Augusta, Domililla, and others. This carriage has only two wheels; it is drawn by mules. It shews a vehicle of this kind completely closed up, so that the person carried in it is unseen. No. 4. A single horse chaise, from an ancient monument; given in order to shew, that...
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