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The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology (Volume 1; V. 3)

The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology (Volume 1; V. 3)

The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology (Volume 1; V. 3).cSir William Jardine
The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology (Volume 1; V. 3)
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Author: Sir William Jardine
Page Count: 50 pages
Published Date: 08 Feb 2012
Publisher: General Books
Publication Country: Miami Fl, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781235807473
File size: 25 Mb
Download Link: The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology (Volume 1; V. 3)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1836 Excerpt: ... MEMOIR OF ARISTOTLE. There are few names in the annals of antiquity, or in the wide circle of classic literature, more celebrated than that of Aristotle. In an age which could boast of Demosthenes, Socrates, and Plato, and in a country distinguished beyond all others for the cultivation of knowledge, he bore away the palm of genius from every competitor; and although there are many departments of science wherein his labours have been surpassed by those of modern philosophers, there are others in which his profound erudition, and his amazing intellectual exertions, remain hitherto unrivalled. His comprehensive mind embraced every subject which then formed a part of scholastic study, or fell within the range of human contemplation. Accordingly, of all the ancient Greek writers, he is at once the most voluminous, diversified, and obscure. His works, like those of many other classic authors, have descended to us in a corrupted and mutilated shape; and though now rather admired than read or understood, they still maintain the reputation of being an encyclopaedia of VOL. III. A all that is curious or valuable in science and philosophy as they existed in Greece, when Greece, for learning and arts, was the most illustrious country in the world. At an early period of its history, the wisdom of the East, including the dark traditions of Egypt and India, with their mythology, geometry, and astronomy, were imported by native travellers, whom the gratitude of their fellow-citizens dignified with the title of Sophi, or wise men, on account of their extraordinary pre-eminence in natural and moral knowledge. For many centuries the vestal fires of this adopted literature continued to burn with increasing splendour in the schools of Athens, Corinth, and Megara, under a succe...

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