|Publication Date||May 20, 2012|
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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. 1822 Excerpt: ...on this head, that I cannot avoid quoting it, and making some few remarks upon it: his words are these, ' Virgil could not have Hesiod in his eye in speaking of the four ages of the world, because Hesiod makes five ages before the Commencement of the golden.' And soon after, continues he, ' the predictions in the prophet (meaning Daniel) of four successive empires, that should arise in different ages of the world, gave occasion to the poets, who had the knowledge of these things only by report, to apply them to the state of the world in so many ages, and to describe the renovation of the golden age in the expressions of the prophet concerning the future age of the Messiah, which in Daniel is the fifth kingdom.' Bp. Chandler, towards the conclusion of his ' Vindication of his Defence of Christianity.' What this learned parade was introduced for, I am at a loss to conceive? First, In that beautiful eclogue, Virgil speaks not of the four ages of the world. Secondly, Hesiod, so far from making five ages before the commencement of the golden, makes the golden age the first. Thirdly, Hesiod could not be one of the poets who applied the predictions in the prophet Daniel to the state of the world in so many ages, because he happened to live some hundred years before the time of Daniel. This great objection to their interpretation of Cumcei still remains, which cannot very easily be conquered, that Cuma was not the country of Hesiod (as I have proved in my Discourse on 128 A VIEW OF THE WORKS AND DAYS. the life of our poet) but of his father; and, what will be a strong argument against it, all the ancient poets, who have used an epithet taken from his country, have chose that of Ascraeus. Ovid, who mentions him as often as any poet, never uses any other; and, what i...
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