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OBSERVATIONS

UPON THE

VINDICATION OF HOMER,

AND OF THE

ANCIENT POETS AND CHISTORIANS,

WHO HAVE RECORDED THE

SIEGE AND FALL OF TROY.

Written by I. B. S. MORRITT, ESQ.

BY JACOB BRYAN T.

Εγω δε πλεον ελπομαι

Λογον Οδυσσεος, η παθεν,
Δια τον άδυεπη γενεσθ' Ομηρον.
Επει ψευδεεσσιν οι τοτανα γε μαχανο
Σεμνον επει τι. Σοφια δε
Κλεπτει παραγοισα μυθοις.

Pindar. Nemea. Σ.

Η τ8 Όμηρε σοφια κλέπτει τον νεν ήμων, ὥσε τα ψευδη δοκείνα
αληθη είναι δια χαριν και σεμνότητα. Scholia.

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PRINTED BY M. POTE, AND E. WILLIAMS.

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Published by the same Author,

Observations upon the Miracles in Egypt, and the Divine
Mission of Moses.

The Sentiments of Philo Judeus concerning the Logos, or Word of God.

NOX LIBRARY

NEW YORK

PREFACE.

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HE Author, of the Work, which I am about to consider, has given to it the title of A Vindication of Homer. It seems extraordinary, that he should have expended so much labour unnecessarily : for he has taken in hand to vindicate, where there was no grievance; and to maintain what was never denied. Not one syllable is to be found in the Treatise, which he is pleased to oppose, that at all derogates from the character of the Poet: on the contrary, there appears every mark of the highest admiration. To this Vindication another is annexed of the Ancient Poets and Historians, who have recorded the siege and fall of Troy. Among these are Metrodorus, Herodotus, Thucydides, Diodorus Siculus,

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Pausanias,

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