Most people are apt to take the histories of former
times for mere forgeries and fables, because of many passages in those relations that seem to be very extravagant.
But yet, according to my observation, we have had as
strange occurrences of a later date in the Roman times as
any we have received from antiquity; for proof whereof,
I have here matched several stories of the ancients with
modern instances, and cited my authorities.
Plutarch. Plutarch's Morals. Translated from the Greek by several hands. Corrected and revised by. William W. Goodwin, PH. D. Boston. Little, Brown, and Company. Cambridge. Press Of John Wilson and son. 1874. 5.
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