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of the chronology of your book. You need not have adhered so scrupulously to truth, you might have contented your self with probability : the nature of your work did not require more. Nevertheless this exactness will, I am persuaded, give it new beauties, in the opinion of those who are versed in ancient history. Exactness is not necessarily excluded from works of wit & imagination ; it produces dryness, only when a writer is of a cold & heavy genius. Freret.

aprobacion que he dado á la cronologia de su obra. Vm. no tenia necesidad de una atencion tan escrupulosa á lo verdadero: podia Vm. haberse contentado con lo verosímil. La naturaleza de su obra de Vm. no necesitaba de mas. Persuádome, no obstante, que esta exactitud añadirá nuevas hermosuras á los ojos de aquellos que estan instruidos en la antigua historia: lo exacto no es incompatible con lo divertido , y no produce la sequedad sino en los ingenios frios y pesados. Soy con la estrechez mas perfecta y afectuosa de Vm=Freret.

SUMARIO

DEL LIBRO OCTAVO.

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Descripcion del esplendor de Babilonia.

Pag. 1 Ciro llega antes del restablecimiento de Nabucodono

5 Eleazár, sabio Fudío, le bace relacion de la naturaleza

y causa de tal locura. Lleva á Ciro para que le vea y oyga en sus lúcidos

intervalos. Eleazar explica á Çira la doctrina de los Filósofos Hebreos sobre los tres estados del mundo.

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Ciro pone objeciones sobre el origen del mal, y Eleazár

le responde, Nabucodonosor se recobra de su locura, y se postra

públicamente ante el Dios de Israel. Ciro concluye un tratado de alianza con Nabucodo

nosor. Daniel manifiesta á Ciro las profecías de Isaias

que hablaban de él. Refierele el manejo del Señor con los Àudios.

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42

48

Ciro se bace dueño del Oriente, y restablece á los Ju

déos.

64

SUMARIOS DEL DISCURSO

sobre la teologia y mitologia de los antiguos..

Parte I. De la teologia de los antiguos.
Ideas que los Persas tenian de la Divinidad segun He-

rodoto.
Segur Estrabon y Plutarco.
Definicion de Dios por Zoroastres,
Censura sobre Bayle.

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THE CONTENT

OF THE EIGHTH BOOK.

A description of Babylon in its grandeur. Pag. I
Cyrus arrives there before Nabuchodonosor's re-

covery.
Eleazar a learned Jew, gives Cyrus au account of

the nature & cause of Nabuchodonosor's madness.
He brings Cyrus to see him & hear him speak in
one of his lucid intervals.

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He explains to Cyrus the doctrine of the Jewish

Philosophers concerning the three states of the

world,

16

Cyrus makes objections about the origin of evil,

& Eleaza answers them.

Nabuchodonosor recovers of his madness, & does

hommage publickly to the God of Israel. 36

Cyrus concludes a treaty of alliance with Nabucho-

donosor.

Daniel shews Cyrus the predictions of Isaiah con-

cerning him.

Relates to him the conduct of God in relation to

the Jews.

Cyrus becomes master of a vast empire & re-esta-

blishes the Jews.

64

THE CONTENTS OF DISCOURSE

Upon the theology and mythology of the ancients.

Part 1. Of the theology of the ancients.

The notions of the Egyptians according to Plu-
tarch.

75
To Origen & Jamblicus.

82
The theology of the aucient Greeks & Romans.

87
Notions of Orpheus.

88
Of Hesiod & Ovid.

92
Of Homer & Virgil,

94
Of Euripides, Sophocles, Pindar, Plautus & Horace. 95
Of Lucan,

93
The doctrine of Thales & Pythagoras,

99
Of Anaxagoras.

109
Of Socrates.

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Of Plato.

117
Of Aristotle,

123
Of Cicero.

136
Testimonies of the Fathers concerning the theology
of the Heathens.

137
A short account of the Materialists & Deists. 143

Part II. Of the mythology of the ancients.

Their notions about the three states of the world,

the origin of evil, & the distinction of soul &
body. Notions of the Poets.

147
Of Plato.

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of Pythagoras.

167
Of the Egyptiaos.

170
Wheria liberty consists according to Pythagoras,
Plato , & Mr. Ramsay.

177
The notions of Zoroaster & the ancient Persians. 181
Of the Brachmans.

186
Of the ancient Chinese.

190
Of the Rabbins & allegorical Jews.

199
All these notions redressed ling to the sacred
Scriptures by the Prophet Daniel

205
Letter of Mr. Freret, concerning the chronology of
this work.

210

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