OF THE MOORS IN SPAIN.
THE LAST OF THE GOTHS.
WHEN the armies of Alexander the Great were trampling upon the ancient empires of the East, one country remained undisturbed and undismayed. The people of Arabia sent no humble embassies to the conqueror. Alexander resolved to bring the contemptuous Arabs to his feet: he was preparing to invade their land when death laid its hand upon him, and the Arabs remained unconquered.
This was more than three hundred years before Christ, and even then the Arabs had long been established in independence in their great desert peninsula. For nearly a thousand years more they continued to dwell there in a strange solitude. Great empires sprang up all around them; the successors of Alexander founded the Syrian kingdom of the Seleucids and the Egyptian dynasty of the Ptolemies; Augustus was crowned Imperator at Rome; Constantine became the first Christian emperor at Byzantium;____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Moors in Spain. Contributors: Stanley Lane-Poole - Author, Arthur Gilman - Author. Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1903. Page number: 1.