Travels In Syria And The Holy Land By John Lewis Burckhardt


























































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among the ancient authorities regarding Petra, none are more curious
than those of Josephus, Eusebius, and Jerom, all persons - Page 9
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But Among The Ancient Authorities Regarding Petra, None Are More Curious Than Those Of Josephus, Eusebius, And Jerom, All Persons Well Acquainted With These Countries, And Who Agree In Proving That The Sepulchre Of Aaron In Mount Hor, Was Near Petra.[Euseb.

Et Hieron.

Onomast. in Greek text]. Joseph. Ant. Jud.l.4.c.4.] For hence, it seems evident, that the present object of Musulman devotion, under the name of the tomb of Haroun, stands upon the same spot which has always been regarded as the burying-place of Aaron; and there remains little doubt, therefore, that the mountain to the west of Petra, is the Mount Hor of the Scriptures, Mousa being, perhaps, an Arabic corruption of Mosera, where Aaron is said to have died. [Deuter.c.x.v.6. In addition to the proofs of the site of Petra, just stated, it is worthy of remark that the distance of eighty-three Roman miles from Aila, or AElana, to Petra, in the Table (called Theodosian or Peutinger,) when compared with the distance on the map, gives a rate of about 7/10 of a Roman mile to the geographical mile in direct distance, which is not only a correct rate, but accords very accurately with that resulting from the other two routes leading from Aila in the Table, namely, from Aila to Clysma, near the modern Suez, and from Aila to Jerusalem. Szadeka, which Burckhardt visited to the south of Wady Mousa, agrees in distance and situation as well as in name with the Zadagasta of the Table, or Zodocatha of the Notitiae dignitatum Imperii.

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