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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1740 Excerpt: ...their Sacra (w): About the Time or soon, after the Septuagint Translation was made of the Hebrew Scriptures, he was ordered by Ptolemy Philadelphus to compile the History of his own Country: And having consulted the Sacred Books of the Egyptians, and extracted, as he pretended, what had been transcribed into them from their most ancient Monuments, and completed his Undertaking in the Greek Tongue, he dedicated it to Ptolemy, at whose Command he had composed it (x). His Work contained an Account of the Gods, Demi-Gods, Heroes and Mortals, that had reigned in Egypt (v); and herein the Subject Matter of it bare a Resemblance of the old Chronograpbeon; for that, as I have said, began with the Reigns of Sol and the other Gods, then gave account of the Demi-Gods, then of the Cynic Heroes, and lastly of the 'Auritan, Mestrœan and Egyptian Kings. Manetho divided his History into 30 Dynasties and 113 Generations (z); but he differed from the Chronograpbeon, in that the Times he treated under these Titles were not the fame Periods duced his Dynasties according to it, and hereby made his Work not dishonourable to his Country, or to the Stock of which himself was descended (1?); for it shewed the Egyptian Reigns to have been carried down to a full and complete Period, and it might be likely to give 'Ptolemy no disadvantageous Sentiments of the Egyptian Sacra and Learning, if it could suggest to him, that his Kingdom was founded near the beginning of a new Order of Ages (f)3 and might, under the Protection of the fame Gods, be extended to as late a Date. Syncellus has in several Places, from Africanus and other Writers, given us the numbers of Years supposed to belong to the Parts of Manethos History: But the Reader would have little Satisfaction, if I were to coll...