below it, to the ruins of Assur, discovered 1 >y
Caillaud on the banks of hoary Meroe.
From that country their course appears to
civilization; tlie dim tradition of bygone generations; the
intense reverence paid to the patriarchal monarchs ; the
universal jurisdiction claimed by the divine royalty of
Egypt; and, above all, the serene contemplation of death
as the luminous entrance to the fields of light. The
Babylonian tradition also given in the Deluge tablet.
The sacred Tat or Measure of the Inundation.
translated in " Records of the Past," is in agreement of the
same view ; for, according to that tradition, the theatre of
the cataclysm was certainly not Babylonia, since the hero
declares positively that he crossed the sea. In fact, so far
as I have been able to trace, there is no nation, from India
and China in the East, to Mexico and Peru in the furthest
"West, whose native traditions and archaeological relics
are in discord either with the Egyptian tradition of the
prini;uval land of l'oont, or with the scriptural description
of the primeval watershed, if we arc content to read, by
the light of Egyptian tradition, the account handed down
to us by Moses, whom those Scriptures expressly charac-
terize as pre-eminent in Egyptian knowledge.