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Brothers Béjar, and du Parc, were some of the chief actors. Du Croisy, who headed a company of country-players, and la Grange, a very good player, joined with them. They acted for some time in the hall of the Petit Bourbon, by an agreement with the Italian players, who had been already settled there. After, the theatre of the Royal Palace was opened to them, where they acted till the beginning of Lent 1673. Molière happening to die at that time, four players of his company joined with that of the Hôtel de Bourgogne, and because those that remained were not in a capacity to go on, the king was pleased to make but one body of the company of the Marais,47 and that of the Royal Palace. Mr Colbert was ordered to pitch upon the best actors of those two companies, and to form out of them a fine company, that should be called the king's company. It was settled in the Hôtel du Roy, in the street called Rue Mazarine,48 and they began to appear in public upon a Sunday, the ninth of July 1673. The players were forbidden to act upon the theatre of the Royal Palace, and upon that of the Marais. Note, that Moliére, who was the first orator of the company of the Royal Palace, resigned that place to la Grange six years before he died.49

Pyrrho , a Greek Philosopher, born at Elis in Peloponnesus, was a disciple of Anaxarchus, and accompanied him as far as India.1 Without doubt, he then followed Alexander the Great, from whence one may know in what time he flourished. He had been a Painter2 before he applied himself to the study of Philosophy. His opinions did not differ much from those of Arcesilaus;A for he did

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1
Diog. Laert. in Pyrrhone, lib.ix, init.num.61.
2
Ibid.
47
It was settled in 1620, and called the king's company.
48
Otherwise called the Fossée de Nesle.
49
Taken from a book, intituled, Le Thébtre François. Mr. Chappuzeau is the author of it.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Editorial Notes xxxiii
  • ABDAS 3
  • ADAM 8
  • ANABAPTISTS 26
  • AUGUSTIN 49
  • BERNARD 77
  • CASTILE 83
  • CONSTANCE 93
  • DAVID 96
  • Hobbes 125
  • JAPAN 142
  • KNUZEN 153
  • MANICHEES 157
  • POQUELIN 183
  • PYRRHO 202
  • REMOND 225
  • RUGGERI 241
  • SARAH 262
  • SPINOZA 291
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