History of Greece, 1

J. Murray, 1849


446 - A Dissertation concerning the War of Troy;};, and the Expedition of the Grecians, as described by Homer ; shewing that no such Expedition was ever undertaken, and that no such City in Phrygia existed , 1796.
435 - De'iphobus in the under-world if we are asked whether there was not really some such historical Trojan war as this, our answer must be, that as the possibility of it cannot be denied, so neither can the reality of it be affirmed.
648 - Roman, pitched there ;) yet those old and inborn names of successive kings, never any to have been real persons, or done in their lives at least some part of what so long hath been remembered, cannot be thought without too strict an incredulity.
475 - Adunque la sapienza poetica, che fu la prima sapienza della gentilit, dovette incominciare da una metafisica, non ragionata ed astratta qual questa or degli addottrinati, ma sentita ed immaginata quale dovett'essere di tai primi uomini, siccome quelli ch'erano di niuno raziocinio e tutti robusti sensi e vigorosissime fantasie, com' stato nelle Degnit stabilito.
582 - They have inquired and considered little, and do not always feel their own ignorance. They are not much accustomed to be interrogated by others : and seem never to have thought upon interrogating themselves ; so that if they do not know what they tell to be true, they likewise do not distinctly perceive it to be false.
577 - ... to remove all antecedent improbabilities. It has been assumed that the faith of the people must have rested originally upon some particular historical event, involving the identical persons, things, and places, which the original mythes exhibit, or at least the most prominent among them. But when we examine the psychagogic influences predominant in the society among whom this belief originally grew up, we shall see that their belief is of little or no evidentiary value, and that the growth and...
434 - Though literally believed , reverentially cherished , and numbered among the gigantic phenomena of the past by the Grecian public, it is in the eyes of modern inquiry essentially a legend , and nothing more.
583 - ... prevalent feeling stands in the place of certifying testimony, and causes men to hear them not merely with credence, but even with delight : to call them in question and require proof, is a task which cannot be undertaken without incurring obloquy. Of such tendencies in the human mind, abundant evidence is furnished by the innumerable religious legends which have acquired currency in various parts of the world...
651 - ... British fables. or else to give an account of them as mythes ; to recognize and respect their specific nature, and to abstain from confounding them with ordinary and certifiable history. There are good reasons for pursuing this second method, in reference to the * The italics here are Mr.
viii - ... that the Hellenic race claims " the everlasting remembrance " of those who value the inward Holy Spirit of our Christian faith yet more deeply than they value even the most sacred and imperishable of its outward forms. " To have known the history of a people by whom the first spark was set to the dormant intellectual capacities of our nature...