MARGIANA, A LAND OH THE FRINGE OF THE WORLD
Nearly a thousand ancient monuments have been marked on an archeological map of the Murgab delta, several sheets of which have just been completed. page 46 Few years after the fateful year 476, commonly regarded as the end of the classical age, Martianus Capella finished his work devoted to the "four liberal arts", the last encyclopedia of Antiquity. What interests us in this work is a small passage in its geographical section: "...The region of Margiana alone in this land has vineyards, mountains 1,500 stadia long all around, hard to reach because of desert sands stretching for 120 miles. Alexander the Great chose this region for its beauties and here he founded his first city, giving it his name. However, the city was soon destroyed, to be rebuilt by Antiochus, the son of Seleucus, who gave it his father's name now. The city was 75 stadia around." That was the last description of the regions which we are exploring within the international (Russian-Turkmenian-Italian) project, the Archeological Map of the Murgab Delta. We refer to a relatively small area in Turkmenistan, where the river breaks out of its narrow mountain valley confines on to a plain, the great Kara Kum (Black Sands) Desert, only to fork out into numberless streams and be lost in the barren sands without a trace. But life thrives where water has not seeped into the sands. A small patch squeezed between the river valley exit and the sands supports a lush oasis called Merv. Field work was started here by project participants in 1990 to map it and explore its archeological sites. The region was for millennia considered the westernmost outpost of civilization, at the boundary with a world of barbarians. We are not going to review the thousands of pages devoted to the oasis and its central city, Merv, in medieval Arabian and Persian literature. It is enough to recall that it was, at that time, given a reverential epithet of Merv Shahijan, or Merv the Sovereign. We will only confine ourselves to des ... Читать далее
____________________

Эта публикация была размещена на Либмонстре в другой стране и показалась интересной редакторам.

Полная версия: https://elibrary.com.ua/m/articles/view/MARGIANA-A-LAND-OH-THE-FRINGE-OF-THE-WORLD
Беларусь Анлайн · 19 days ago 0 23
Professional Authors' Comments:
Order by: 
Per page: 
 
  • There are no comments yet
Guest comments




Who Like this
Likes · Dislikes
 
Empty
Actions
Rate
0 votes
Publisher
Беларусь Анлайн
Минск, Belarus
09.11.2022 (19 days ago)
Link
Permanent link to this publication:

http://biblioteka.by/blogs/entry/MARGIANA-A-LAND-OH-THE-FRINGE-OF-THE-WORLD


© biblioteka.by
 

Libmonster, International Network:

Actual publications:

OUR PARTNERS

Actual publications:

Latest ARTICLES:

Latest BOOKS:

Actual publications:

BIBLIOTEKA.BY is a Belarusian open digital library, repository of author's heritage and archive

Register & start to create your original collection of articles, books, research, biographies, photographs, files. It's convenient and free. Click here to register as an author. Share with the world your works!
MARGIANA, A LAND OH THE FRINGE OF THE WORLD
 

Contacts
Watch out for new publications: News only: Chat for Authors:

About · News · For Advertisers · Donate to Libmonster

Biblioteka ® All rights reserved.
2006-2022, BIBLIOTEKA.BY is a part of Libmonster, international library network (open map)
Keeping the heritage of Belarus


LIBMONSTER NETWORK ONE WORLD - ONE LIBRARY

US-Great Britain Sweden Serbia
Russia Belarus Ukraine Kazakhstan Moldova Tajikistan Estonia Russia-2 Belarus-2

Create and store your author's collection at Libmonster: articles, books, studies. Libmonster will spread your heritage all over the world (through a network of branches, partner libraries, search engines, social networks). You will be able to share a link to your profile with colleagues, students, readers and other interested parties, in order to acquaint them with your copyright heritage. After registration at your disposal - more than 100 tools for creating your own author's collection. It is free: it was, it is and always will be.

Download app for smartphones