Foundations in the Dust: A Story of Mesopotamian Exploration

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What troubled me was the sudden, as it were material, consciousness of time passing as water flows. Sometimes, they translate for their non-English speaking parents. He realized the influence of the moon on the tides, and discovered important truths about gravity. Since textiles could easily be moved, they became a vehicle for the transmission of artistic themes within the Muslim world and beyond its frontiers. Are you going, then?'' She lowered her head slowly with a backward gesture of her arm as if to keep me off, for I had sprung to my feet all at once as if mad. ``Then go quickly,'' I said. ``You are afraid of living flesh and blood.

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Publisher: Pelican Books by Penguin Books; First Thus edition (1955)


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