The Origin of Laws, Arts, and Sciences, and Their Progress Among the Most Ancient Nations Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1761 edition. Excerpt: ...not content with having carried More...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1761 edition. Excerpt: ...not content with having carried defolation and havock into the countries hey had fubjected, carry away all the inhabitants whom the word had fpared, and tranfport them into far diftant countriesTM. Thefe conquerors, if we may fay fo, regarded men as productions of the earth, which they might indifferently tranfplant from one climate to another. 1 RoIVin, bift. anc. 1.1. p. 419. P a Kings/c. 17, v. 6. c. 24. v. 16. c, zj, v. n.; I ft all alfo make another reflection upon this fubject. After the facls which my readers have feen, we fhould be led to believe that the earth muft formerly have been much lefs peopled than it is at prefent. In ancient times the people were almoft continually in arms. Perpetual wars, ravages, carnage, and the total deftructlon of cities, were the ordinary confequences of viftory. "We have feen proofs of it in the fate which befel Nineveh -, Samaria, Tyre p, and Jerufalem v without fpeaking of many other examples which I might cite. A country conquered then, was infallibly a country ruined and deftroyed. Even a confiderable time muft have parted before it could recover; fince the conqueror, as I have juft faid, carried into captivity, all that might have efcaped the fury of the foldier; and hoxv many families muft there not have perifhed in thefe forced and cruel tranfmigrations? The manner in which they then made war, could not therefore fail to fweep from the earth the greateft part of its inhabitants. AJia in particular, the perpetual theatre of horrors and devaftations, fhould very foon have found herfelf absolutely defert and uninhabited. Neverthelefs, the fafts related by ancient hiftorians atteft, that this part of the world was infinitely populous, even a few ages after thofe we are now going through. It...