The Works of Richard Bentley: Editor's preface. A dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris. With an answer to the objections of the Honourable Charles Boyle.-v.2. A dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris (cont.) Of Themistocles's Epistles. Of Socrates's Epistles. Of Euripides's Epistles. Of AEsop's Fables. Epistola ad ... Joannem Millium. Index.- v.3. Eight Boyle lectures. Four letters from Sir Isaac Newton to Dr. Bentley. Three sermons on various subjects. Visitation charge. Remarks upon a discourse of free-thinking. Proposals for printing a new edition of the Greek Testament. Oratiuncula

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F. Macpherson, 1836
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Page l - Lordship's son, and afterwards Chaplain to himself; and I shall always esteem it both my honour and my happiness to have spent fourteen years of my life in his family and acquaintance, whom even envy itself will allow to be the glory of our church and nation ; who, by his vast and comprehensive genius, is as great in all parts of learning as the greatest next himself are in any.
Page 77 - Phalaris to have more race, more spirit, more force of wit and genius, than any others I have ever seen, either ancient or modern.
Page v - Out of a natural aversion to all quarrels and broils, and out of regard to the editor himself, I resolved to take no notice of it, but to let the matter drop." But in 1697 Wotton was preparing a second edition of the " Reflections," and claimed Bentley's old promise to write something on ^Esop and Phalaris.
Page xlviii - I WILL here crave the reader's leave to make one general apology for anything, either in my Dissertation or my Defence of it, that may seem too severe. I desire but this favour, or justice rather, that he would suppose my case to be his own : and then, if he will say sincerely, that he should have answered so many calumnies with fewer marks of resentment, I am content to lie under his censure. But...
Page xxvi - Mile's fate," and the tortures he was supposed to pass through when thrown into Phalaris's bull, is a piece of sarcastic humour which will not suffer by comparison with the volume more celebrated for its wit. " The facetious examiner seems resolved to vie with Phalaris himself in the science of Phalarism ; for his revenge is not satisfied with one single death of his adversary, but he •will kill me over and over again. He has slain me twice by two several deaths ! one, in the first page of his...
Page xxxix - Manilius for the press, which had been published already (1699), had not the dearness of paper and the want of good types, and some other occasions, hindered.
Page 253 - Pref. p. 3. honour in the service of Gelo, and of Hiero after him ; and that I think is a proof sufficient that he did not invent Comedy as early as the time of Phalaris. Upon the whole matter, I suppose, from what has been said, these four things will be allowed : That the authorities for Epicharmus are more and greater than those for Susarion ;- — That, if Epicharmus was the first Comedian, Phalaris could not cite a passage out of Comedy ; — That, allowing Susarion to have contributed something...
Page 340 - All the other derivations of the word tragedy are to be slighted and exploded. But if this be the true one, as certainly it is, the word cannot possibly be ancienter than Thespis's days, who was the first that contended for this prize. Besides this, we have very good authority, that those Bacchic hymns, from whence the regular tragedy came, were originally called by another name, not tragedy, but dithyramb.
Page 310 - Among the moderns some fall in with ^Elian's story, and some with the other; but, with all deference to their judgments, I am persuaded both of them are false. For Phrynichus the general was stabbed at Athens, Olymp. xcn. 2., as Thucydides 2 relates: but a more exact account of the circumstances of his death is to be met with in Lysias
Page 393 - Now this paragraph alone is sufficient to detect the imposture of these pretended Laws; for, as I have shown before, the true Zaleucus lived before Draco, who made Laws for the Athenians at or before Olymp. xxxix ; but the word...

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