An essay on the nature, age, and origin of the Sanscrit writing and language

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pr. by R. Graisberry, 1838 - Sanskrit language - 88 pages
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Page 67 - I am still of opinion, that this period was invented for the purpose of giving a common origin to all the motions of the heavenly bodies in the zodiac.
Page 86 - I have had an opportunity to make, there seems to be nearly as much resemblance between the annals of England and Japan, as between the European and Asiatic relations of the same empire.
Page 87 - Greek historians the Persians are entirely silent. We have no mention of the Great Cyrus nor of any King of Persia, who in the events of his reign can apparently be forced into a similitude. We have no Croesus, King of Lydia; not a syllable of Cambyses or of his frantic expedition against the Ethiopians. Smerdis Magus and the succession of Darius, the son of Hystaspes, by the neighing of his horse, are to the Persians circumstances equally unknown as the numerous assassinations recorded by the Greeks.
Page 51 - And he said, BLESSED be the Lord God of Shem ; And Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, And he shall dwell in the tents of Shem ; And Canaan shall be his servant.
Page 66 - The Indian tables have two principal epochs which go back, one to the year 3102, the other to the year 1491, before our era.
Page 87 - Hystaspes, by the neighing of his horse, are to the Persians circumstances equally unknown as the numerous assassinations recorded by the Greeks. Not a vestige is, at the same time, to be discovered of the famous battles of Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis, Plattea, or Mycale; nor of that prodigious force which Xerxes led out of the Persian empire to overwhelm the states of Greece.
Page 79 - A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
Page 87 - Minutely attentive аз the Persian historians are to their numerous wars with the kings of Turan or Scythia ; and recording, with the same impartiality, whatever might tarnish as well as aggrandize the. reputation of their country, we can, with little pretence to reason, suppose that they should have been silent on events of such magnitude, had any records remained of their existence, or the faintest tradition commemorated their consequences, (p.
Page 65 - Therefore, any Hindu work in which the name of VARA'HA or his system is mentioned, must evidently be modern ; and this circumstance alone totally destroys the pretended antiquity of many of the Purans and other books, which through the artifices of the Brahminical tribe, have been hitherto deemed the most ancient in existence.
Page 85 - I shall then only doubt that the Khosrau of Firdausi was the Cyrus of the first Greek historian, and the hero of the oldest political and moral romance, when I doubt that Louis Quatorze and Lewis the Fourteenth were one and the same French King.

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