stony heap, an “island,” as it has been called, of rock about 30 miles by 20, rising 20 or 30 feet above the table-land of Bashan; a region of crags and chasms wild and rugged in the extreme. On this “island” stood sixty walled cities, ruled over by Og. It is called Trachonitis (“the rugged region”) in the New Testament (Luke 3:1). These cities were conquered by the Israelites (Deut. 3:4; 1 Kings 4:13). It is now called the Lejah. Here “sixty walled cities are still traceable in a space of 308 square miles. The architecture is ponderous and massive. Solid walls 4 feet thick, and stones on one another without cement; the roofs enormous slabs of basaltic rock, like iron; the doors and gates are of stone 18 inches thick, secured by ponderous bars. The land bears still the appearance of having been called the ‘land of giants’ under the giant Og.” “I have more than once entered a deserted city in the evening, taken possession of a comfortable house, and spent the night in peace. Many of the houses in the ancient cities of Bashan are perfect, as if only finished yesterday. The walls are sound, the roofs unbroken, and even the window-shutters in their places. These ancient cities of Bashan probably contain the very oldest specimens of domestic architecture in the world” (Porter’s Giant Cities). (See BASHAN.)
The identification of argob, a region of the kingdom of Og, is a matter of much difficulty.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 Various
During the siege of argob, however, he was seized with so severe an attack that he was forced to prepare himself for death.
History of the Jews, Vol. II (of 6) Heinrich Graetz
There are they in argob, the oldest specimens of domestic architecture in the whole world.
The Little Gleaner, Vol. X. Various
a crude tartar, produced as a by-product in casks by the fermentation of wine grapes, used as a mordant in dyeing, in the manufacture of tartaric acid, and in fertilizers. Historical Examples After these juices have been secreted, the ores themselves are melted, with argol added to them. De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola Everything one […]
an ancient district in SE Greece. Gulf of, a gulf of the Aegean, in SE Greece. About 30 miles (48 km) long. Historical Examples He ordered his troops to provision themselves for five days, and led them to Sellasia, as though he intended to invade Argolis. Plutarch’s Lives, Volume IV Aubrey Stewart Nauplia then became […]
a colorless, odorless, chemically inactive, monatomic, gaseous element that, because of its inertness, is used for filling fluorescent and incandescent lamps and vacuum tubes. Symbol: Ar; atomic number: 18; atomic weight: 39.948. Historical Examples These gases agree with argon in respect of the ratio of the specific heats and in being non-oxidizable under the electric […]
Classical Mythology. a member of the band of men who sailed to Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. (sometimes lowercase) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer. a person who moved to California during the gold rush of 1849. (lowercase) . Historical Examples “You mustn’t […]