|Publisher||University of Michigan Library|
|Publication Date||January 1, 1753|
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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. 1753. Excerpt: ... Palmaque nobilis 1 err arum Dominos eve hit adDeos. And with these Honours and Rewards, I dare fay it will be thought, they had more than susficient Reason to be contented. SECTION XVII. Of the Utility of the Olympick Games. HAVING in the preceding Sections given the best and fullest Account, that I have been able to collect, of the original Establishment, the Laws, Order, and Oeconomy of the Olympick Games, together with the several Honours, Privileges, and Rewards conserred upon the sacred Conquerors in their respective Countries, I shall in this endeavour to point out some of the principal Emoluments, accruing to the whole Grecian Name from this great Political Institution; which under the Title and Sanction of a Religicus Festival, attained to such a Degree of Reverence and Esteem, as enabled it to fubsist above a thoufand Years; a Duration exceeding that of any of the most famous Empires and Commonwealths of the ancient World. If during this long Term, the Grecians do not appear to have availed themselves of all the Advantages offered to them by the Laws and Constitution of the Olympick Games, it cannot from hence be concluded, that no such Advantages were either originally included in.-' 4 ' that that Institution, or could afterwards have been grafted o'rt it: since the Grecians, though they seldom wanted a sufficient Number of Lawgivers and Philosophers, whose Sagacity enabled them to discover, as their Virtue prompted them to pursue whatever might conduce to the publick Good, paid but little Deference to the Politicks of those fage Counsellors, and generally kept their Attention fixed upon the particular Views, which the separate Interests of the several little States, into which they were divided, or the Factions, which rent those little States i...