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Astrology Sun Dial

Location:

At the entrance of the harbor of the Mediterranean island of Rhodes in Greece.

Description:

In AD 654, the Arabs invaded Rhodes. They disassembled the remains of the broken Colossus and sold them to a Jew from Syria. It is said that the fragments had to be transported to Syria on the backs of 900 camels

Languages Of South America

The Penutian Family is scattered throughout Central and South America. The best known langauge is Araucanian from Chile.

The Carib Family is found scattered in the rain forests and coasts of northern South America. The languages include Carib (once spoken in the Caribbean islands), Ge, Panoan and Chiquito.

Hixkaryana (spoken by 350 people in the Brazilian rain forest) has the rare word order of Object-Verb-Subject. This word order is unknown outside of South America.

The Andean-Equatorial Family covers large areas of South America. It includes Quechua (the language of the Incas in Peru and Ecuador), Aymara (Bolivia), Guarani (Paraguay), Tupi (Brazil) and Arawak (Carribean Coasts). Garifuna is found on the Caribean coasts of Central America. The family is divided into five branches.

Quechua nouns have no gender or articles. There are no irregular verbs. Many suffixes are used on verbs and nouns to indicate doubt, uncertainty, distance, beginning, warning, etc.




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