National Geographic : 1926 Dec
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams THE PIGEON ROCKS AT BEIRUT These two masses have been detached from the headland by the waves, and a mighty battle of the elements is still being waged. Every storm tears away at the stratified limestone. Caves are bored, narrow tongues of land whittled down, and sometimes huge rocks are tumbled to the sea. "During my years in Beirfit," writes Mr. Williams, who made this photograph, "I saw several natural bridges of rock near the sea torn away. From one such adventure I came back with both knees gone from my trousers, my camera full of water, and my plates ruined." Note the two men standing on the cliff at the extreme right. of the Hittite rock sculptures which are found among the Taurus and Anti-Taurus Mountains as far north as the vicinity of Angora. If Ezekiel's apostrophe to Jeru salem, "Thy mother (was) an Hittite," be taken at face value, it seems that the em pire of the Hittim extended north and south for certainly six hundred miles. The Hittites' period covers about one thousand years. During the fourteenth century B. C., established at their capital of Boghaz Keui, in Asia Minor, they con quered northern Mesopotamia, reduced northern Syria to vassalage, built palaces in three or four cities, and laid "the price of peace" on such neighboring peoples as the Amorites at so many gold shekels per year. HITTITE DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW UNPOPULAR Carchemish contributed troops to the Hittite army, which, when it fought the great battle of Kadesh against the invad ing Pharaoh, was so large that it was compared to a locust swarm. Later the Hittites made a treaty with Egypt, and further strengthened themselves against Assyria when one of their kings visited 688 ,<.