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 There are many ancient parallels to this, of which the best-known perhaps is the annual sermon delivered by the Caliph to the whole believing world from a high wooden minbar. That this usage is pre-Moslem, and pre-Christian is indicated by the accounts of addresses being delivered from such towers by Roman Emperors on formal occasions, with the specification, that the Roman practice was Phoenicio ritu, i. e., in imitation of a Syro-Palestinian practice. (Herodian, Hist., V. 6, 9; Dio, Hist. LIX, 25). For some interesting Oriental parallels, H. Nibley, Class. Jnl. 40 (1945), 527, n. 78.