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EGYPTIANS, CARTHAGINIANS, ASSYRIANS,
GRECIANS AND MACEDONIANS,
By M. ROLLIN,
LATE PRINCIPAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS, PROFESSOR OF ELOQUENCE
OF INSCRIPTIONS AND BELLES LETTRES.
Translated from the french.
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
THE FOURTEENTH EDITION,
REVISED, CORRECTED, AND ILLUSTRATED WITH
A SET OF MAPS.
PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON; J. NUNN; J. CUTHELL; LONGMAN
AND CO; J. AND W. T. CLARKE; CADELL AND DAVIES; J. RICHARDSON ;
Paris, 3 Sept. 1729.
I have read, by order of the Lord-Keeper, a manuscript, entitled, The Ancient History, of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes, Persians, Macedonians, and Greeks, &c. In this work appear the same principles of religion, of probity, and the same happy endeavours to improve the minds of youth, which are so conspicuous in all the writings of this author. The present work is not confined merely to the instruction of young people, but may be of service to all persons in general, who will now have an opportunity of reading, in their native tongue, a great number of curious events, which before were known to few except the learned.
The Proprietors of this edition of Rollin's Ancient History beg leave to inform the public, that it was published by the author at different times, and, as he himself acknowledges, upon no certain plan of execution. This rendered it necessary for him to prefix a particular preface or introduction to each publication; but the whole being now completed, the editors have combined all his introductions into one, and have omitted such passages as were either superfluous or redundant.
Upon a most careful perusal of the author's general preface, they were in some doubt whether the same might not be entirely suppressed without any detrinnent to the work. The reputation of the author, the piety of his sentiments, which clash with no profession, even of Protestant Christianity, and the benevolence of his intention, determined them to give it to the public with but a very few alterations, which they dare to say M. Rollin would have approved of had he been now alive and in this country.
From the desultory manner in which the original was first published, as already mentioned, the editors found it expedient to give the author's intro