But here we are shut off from the Oxus by as difficult a barrier as the Elburz.
It was and is the great high-road of Badakshan in the Oxus plains.
The passage of the Oxus, begun in the morning, lasted till sunset.
After passing the Oxus the chief interest of Burnes' story commences.
The dry bed of the old channel of the Oxus is visible in the Turcoman steppe at the present day.
The Syr Darya then was as far off from her frontier as the Oxus is now.
In the Oxus valley north of the Hindu Kush the period is extended to forty days.
From his proud citadel at Ecbatana he ruled from the Halys to the Oxus.
But before going south toward India, he turned northwards to explore the unknown country which lay about the river Oxus.
Has Russia herself no traditional temptations beyond the Oxus?