nnected together in complete
works, are opinions well known from the ancient commentators; though such
supposal seems to myself, as well as to Fabricius Biblioth. Grace. I. p.
269, and to others, highly improbable. Nor does Josephus say there were
no ancienter writings among the Greeks than Homer's Poems, but that they
did not fully own any ancienter writings pretending to such antiquity,
which is trite.
As for those who set themselves about writing their histories, I mean such
as Cadmus of Miletus, and Acusilaus of Argos, and any others that may be
mentioned as succeeding Acusilaus, they lived but a little while before
the Persian expedition into Greece. But then for those that first introduced
philosophy, and the consideration of things celestial and divine among
them, such as Pherceydes the Syrian, and Pythagoras, and Thales, all with
one consent agree, that they learned what they knew of the Egyptians and
Chaldeans, and wrote but little And these are the things which are supposed