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Ambrosios alibi spirant alvearia flores.
Protinus incumbens Ciceroni Brutus, “Et illis.
Tullius at contra, "Tanto, mi Brute, labori
“Mens hominis (ni vana fides) ac mira potestas
· Vide Virgil. Georg. iv. 220.
Itaque dubitans, circumspectans, hæsitans, tanquam ratis in immenso mari nostra vehitur oratio.-Tusc. Disp. lib. i. 30.
3 Animorum nulla in terris inveniri origo potest; nihil enim est in animis mixtum atque concretum, aut quod ex terra natum atque fictum esse videatur.–Tusc. Disp. i. 27.
* Homines enim sunt hac lege generati, qui tuerentur illum globum quem in hoc templo medium vides, quæ terra dicitur; hisque animus datus est ex illis seinpiternis ignibus, quæ sidera et stellas vocatis.Somin. Scip. 3.
5 Immo vero, inquit, ii vivunt, qui ex corporum vinculis tanquam'e carcere evolaverunt.-Somn. Scip. 3.
Squalens nocte, suaque sedet ferrugine clausus :
“Attice, prima vides pallentem cornua Lunam,
“Nec tamen, ut perhibent, cæli patet omnibus idem
Necesse est ita feratur, ut penetret, dividat omne cælum hoc, in quo nubes, imbres, ventique coguntur.-Tusc. Disp. lib. i. 19.
• Quam regionem cum superavit animus, naturamque sui similem contigit et agnovit, tanquam paribus examinatus ponderibus nullam in partem movetur.-Id.
3 Quamvis copiose hæc diceremus, si res postularet, quam multa, quam varia, quanta spectacula, animus in locis cælestibus esset habiturus. -Tusc. Disp. lib. i. 21.
4. Quod tandem spectaculum fore putamus,cum totam terram contueri: licebit, ejusque cum situm, forinam, circumscriptionem, tum et habitabiles regiones, et rursum omni cultu, propter vim caloris, aut frigoris, vacantes -Tusc. Disp. lib. i. 20.
5 Nam qui se humanis vitiis contaminavissent, et se totos libidinibus dedidisseni, iis devium quoddam iter esse, seclusum a concilio Deorum.Ibid. lib. i. 30.
* Namque eorum qui se corporis voluptatibus dediderunt, earumque
Vos ergo patriam moniti, legesque tueri
Bacchus adhuc sylvis Albana cacumina vestit,
Nec procul, imposuit qua nunc in rupe sacellum
se quasi ministros præbuerunt, corporibus elapsi animi, circum ipsam terram volutantur, nec hunc in locum, nisi multis exagitati sæculis, revertuntur.-Somn. Scip. 9.
· Hanc vitam tu exerce in optimis rebus. Sunt autem optimæ curæ de salute patriæ, quibus agitatus et exercitatus animus, velocius in banc sedem, domumque suam pervolabit.-Sumn. Scip. 9.
2 The same alley continues to Grotta Ferrata, once the favorite villa of Cicero, and now. an abbey of Greek monks. It is bounded on the south by a deep dell, with a streamlet that falls from the rock; and having turned a mill, meanders through the recess, and disappears in its windings.-Eustace, Class. Tour, vol. ii. 8.
3. The plane-tree, which Cicero notices with so much complacency in the person of Scævola, in the first book De Oratore, still seems to love the soil, and blooms and furishes in .peculiar perfection all around. Eustace, vol. ii. 8.
4 At each end of the portico is fixed in the wall a fragment of bassorelievo: one represents a philosopher sitting with a scroll in his hand in a thinking posture; on the other are four figures supporting the feet of a fifth of colossal size, supposed to represent Ajax. These, with the beautiful pillars which support the church, are the only remnants of the decorations and furniture of the ancient villa.-Eustace, vol. ii. 8.
Tristior aspiciens parva heu! monumenta viator
Scilicet illa tuis arcanæ semina flammæ
J. E. EARDLEY WILMOT,
A CONNECTION of SACRED and PROFANE
HISTORY, from the Death of Joshua tothe Decline of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (intended to complete the Works of SHUCKFORD and PRIDEAUX). By the Rev. MICHAEL RUSSELL, LL.D., Episcopal Minister, Leith. 2 vols. 8vo. Rivingtons : London, 1827.
Every reader is well acquainted with Dean Prideaux's Connection of the Old and New Testament. With materials derived chiefly from the pages of profane authors, that learned person undertook to fill up the interval between the conclusion of the canonical Jewish scriptures, and the inspired narrative as resumed in the Christian
1 Tusculanarum Disputationum. .
writings, about five centuries afterwards : and this task he
performed with so much success, tbat few books have enjoyed a more extensive and enduring popularity than the volumes which bear his name.
It is not, perhaps, so generally known, that it was the intention of Dr. Sbuckford to bring down the events of the sacred history from the creation of the world to the epoch at which the other began his valuable labors. But be did not live to complete his plan: and his work, accordingly, which should have extended to the reign of Ahaz, proceeds no farther than to the times of Joshua ; leaving about eight hundred years of a very important period to occupy the pen of some future writer. The numerous events which took place under the government of the Judges, in the brilliant reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon, as well as during those of the successive princes of Israel and Judah, till the ascendency of the Assyrian power threatened the liberty of both these nations, remained to be embodied in a continuous narrative, as also to be connected with the history of such other tribes and kingdoms of the East as had any intercourse with the descendants of Abraham. Hence the object of the publication now before us, is to complete the scheme contemplated by Dr. Shuckford; being a Connection of Sacred and Profane History, from the death of Joshua to the decline of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
Dr. Russell has seen proper to begin his work with a Preliminary Dissertation, containing remarks on Ancient Chronology." He justly observes, that to the reader who shall enter in earnest on the inquiries which are pursued in his book, it will soon become manifest, that in most cases, the study of ancient history resolves itself into a series of chronological disquisitions respecting the origin of nations and the relative antiquity of events. The last thing which appears of importance to the annalist of a rude age is to mark the precise order of the occurrences which he records, and more especially to afford the means of determining their place in the map of time, by noting their distance from one common point to which they might all be referred.
In our last Number, in the article “ On the Difference in the Chronology of the Samaritan and Greek Versions and the Hebrew Text of the Scriptures,” we gave an outline of the conclusions to which Dr. Russell's reasoning bas carried him on that important subject, and which have been adopted by the Marquis Spineto in his lectures on the elements of hieroglyphics. He remarks, that
Since we wrote the above article, the Marquis has given his interesting lectures to the public through the medium of the press; and we observe that in several places he acknowleges his obligation to Dr. Russell in regard to his views of chronology. At the end of the eleventh lecture he refers to certain works; "and, above all, to the Preliminary Disser