The Origin of Laws, Arts, and Sciences, and Their Progress Among the Most Ancient Nations

A. Donaldson and J. Reid, 1761

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Página 93 - For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs : "But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven...
Página 73 - At first they thought it a kind of animal, that fixed itself to and fed upon wood. Some of them, who approached too near, being burnt, the rest were terrified, and durst only look upon it at a distance.
Página 157 - Arms, tools for hufbandry and the mechanic arts, were all of copper for many ages. The writings of Homer leave us no room to doubt of this. We fee, that, at the time of the Trojan war, iron was very little ufed.
Página 158 - Germany, but more efpecially in the northern kingdoms r, arms, rings, and other inftruments of brafs, are often found in old tombs. It was the fame in America, the arms and tools of that part of the world were of copper «. Hatchets of this metal have been found in the ancient tombs of the Peruvians...
Página 230 - We find, from time immemorial, the use of this period among all nations, without any variation in the form of it. The Israelites, Assyrians, Egyptians, Indians, Arabians, and, in a word, all the nations of the East, have in all ages made use of a week, consisting of seven days. We find the same custom among the ancient Romans, Gauls, Britons, Germans, the nations of the North, and of America.
Página 4 - ... of which is confirmed by modern relations. Travellers inform us, that even at this day, in some parts of the world, they meet with men who are strangers to all social intercourse, of a character so cruel and ferocious, that they live in perpetual war, destroying, and even devouring each other. These wretched people, void of all the principles of humanity, without laws, polity, or government, live in dens and caverns, and differ but very little from the brute creation. Their food consists of some...
Página 161 - ... stones, of iron. To make the blades of swords and knives, they must have known the arts of tempering and turning iron into steel. These facts seem to me sufficient to prove that the discovery of iron, and the arts of working it, were extremely ancient in Egypt and Palestine.
Página 203 - ... as one who had incurred the public malediction : for the Egyptians regarded with horror every one who had offered any violence to a human body z.
Página 5 - know no laws. Each governs* his family, and rules over his wife and children. They trouble not themselves with the affairs of their neighbours, and think not themselves interested in them. Accordingly, they have no assemblies to deliberate on public affairs. They, are governed by no general laws to regulate their manners and their actions. They neither plant nor sow.
Página 64 - Who could imagine," says M. Goguet, " that that ingenious people to whom Europe is indebted for all its knowledge, were descended from savages who wandered in the woods and fields, without laws or leaders, having no other retreat but dens and caverns, ignorant even of the use of fire, and so barbarous as even to eat one another...

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