393 PARTHIA- PEOPLE AND ARTS.
certain airiness of life almost jocose in its expression.
A close examination of the structure here before us has led to the belief that the first
story, now remaining in ruins, was surmounted by a second and perhaps a third story of
nearly the same height, but of different character from the first. In these, of course,
the arched openings would be wanting, their place being taken by windows or apertures not
unlike what we should expect in a modern building. Some have gone so far as to construct
restorations of the palace, giving the full facade of about three hundred feet from right
to left, and a height of three stories. Nor is it improbable that the conjecture fairly
represents to the eye the true outline of the ancient edifice. And in this we may not
forbear to note the close resemblance of the restoration to the well-known appearance of
the projection of a great railway station in Europe or America. The arches in the first
story correspond to the openings for the tracks, and the second and third stories above
are not unlike the super structure of our stations for passengers.
We have already remarked that at the bottom or further end of the great halls were
arranged the apartments of actual occupation: Research has shown among these the usual
division between those assigned to the men and those occupied by the women. It is in
evidence that the arrangements in this respect were strictly Oriental, the. aim being to
prevent the free intercourse of the men and the women of the court.
Something has already been said of the adjacent structure, to which antiquarians have
assigned the office of a temple. It is not certainly known that such was the use of the
edifice. The ground plan shows a square of about forty feet in each dimension. It appears
that the building was surrounded through its Whole extent by a hall or passage-way, which
was vaulted after the manner of the halls in the palace. Two windows were so set as to
light into the passage. The doorway bore a frieze which exhibited some of the finest work
which the Parthian chisels were able to produce. As to the interior apartment,