Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Greece

Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Greece

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Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Greece

Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Greece

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The alterations that have been made in this new edition of the Grecian history are so numerous and extensive, as almost to make it a new work. The original history of Dr. Goldsmith contains many anecdotes of questionable authority, and very doubtful interest, derived from Plutarch and Curtius; while such important matters as the Dorian migration, and the sedition of Cylon,are wholly omitted. The compiler of the abridgment, following the same track, hurried over some of the most important periods with brief and scanty notice, while he assigned very disproportionate length to a few isolated incidents. The present editor has endeavoured to remedy both evils, by abridging whatever appeared too diffuse, expanding those parts which were so brief as to be scarcely intelligible, and supplying the numerous omissions of the original work. The authorities to which he has principally had recourse, are the histories of Gillies and Mitford in the earlier part of the work, and Leland and Gast for the period subsequent to the third Peloponnesian war. A brief sketch of modern Grecian history is subjoined, in order that the student may have an opportunity of comparing the present prospects with the former fame of Greece.

The introductory chapters are for the most part an abridgment of Professor Heeren's valuable work on the political history of Greece: they contain a view of the principal causes that operated in forming the national character of that people, whose history the student . . .

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