These ancient constructions are now haunted by white apes and nomadic green Martians.
“Among them all was no city that the red men did not shun, for without exception they stood amidst vast, waterless tracts, unsuited for the continued sustenance of the dominant
race of Martians.” (TMM IV)
Important buildings were “constructed from gleaming white marble inlaid with gold and brilliant stones which sparkled and scintillated in the sunlight…well lighted by a number of large windows and beautifully decorated with mural paintings and mosaics, but upon all these seem to rest that indefinable touch of a finger of antiquity.” (PM IV)
“We also found in this building real sleeping apartments with ancient beds of highly wrought metal swinging from enormous gold chains depending from the marble ceilings. The decoration of the walls was most elaborate, and, unlike the frescoes in the other buildings I had examined, portrayed many human figures in the compositions. These were of people like myself, and of a much lighter color than Dejah Thoris. They were clad in graceful, flowing robes, highly ornamented with metal and jewels, and their luxuriant hair was of a beautiful golden and reddish bronze. The men were beardless and only a few wore arms. The scenes depicted for the most part, a fair-skinned, fair-haired people at play.” (PM XI)
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