that he was esteemed as very ancient
by them, and that they knew they had been first of all denominated "Danai"
from this very ancient king Danaus. Nor does this superlative degree always
imply the "most ancient" of all without exception, but is sometimes
to be rendered "very ancient" only, as is the case in the like
superlative degrees of other words also.
as their most ancient king Manetho, therefore, hears this testimony to
two points of the greatest consequence to our purpose, and those from the
Egyptian records themselves. In the first place, that we came out of another
country into Egypt; and that withal our deliverance out of it was so ancient
in time as to have preceded the siege of Troy almost a thousand years;
but then, as to those things which Manetbo adds, not from the Egyptian
records, but, as he confesses himself, from some stories of an uncertain
original, I will disprove them hereafter particularly, and shall demonstrate
that they are no better than incredible fables.