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Research on H. P. Lovecraft's
The Doom That Came To Sarnath
The message of doom written on the altar and the destruction of Sarnath during an impious feast
echo the story of Belshazzar's feast in Daniel, Chapter 5. Indeed, the description of Sarnath echoes
many accounts of the glory and fate of ancient Babylon, particularly in the Bible.
The Doom that Came to Sarnath
Ancient reference to Babylon
“... and the precious metals from the earth
were exchanged for other metals and rare
cloths and jewels and books and tools for artificers and all things of luxury...”
“The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen...
and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner
vessels of most precious wood...”, etc.
“Of polished desert-quarried marble were its
walls, in height three hundred cubits and in
breadth seventy-five, so that chariots might
pass each other as men drove them along the
“The wall is 385 stadia in circumference, and
32 feet in thickness... The roadway upon the
walls will allow chariots with four horses
when they meet to pass each other with ease.”
Strabo, Geography XVI, 1, 5
“Within his banquet-hall reclined Nargis-Hei,
the king, drunken with ancient wine from the
vaults of conquered Pnoth, and surrounded by
feasting nobles and hurrying slaves.”
“Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a
thousand of his lords, and drank wine before
the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the
wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar
had taken out of the temple which was in
Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his
wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.”
“... and caravans sought that accursed city and
its precious metals no more. It was long ere
any travelers went thither...”
“The merchants of these things, which were
made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the
fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,” “...
and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be,
shall be found any more in thee.”
Revelation 18:15, 22