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GEOGRAPHY And HISTORY,
Both ANCIENT And MODERN;
Ad Account of the Political State, and Principal Revolutions
An Abridgement of the Fabulous History or Mythology
To Which Is Prefixed,
As Historical Account of the Progress and Improvements of Astronomy and
By ALEXANDER ADAM, LL. D.
RECTOR OF THE HIGH SCHOOL OF EDINBURGH.
Printed for T. CADELL and A. STRAHAN, London.
nPHE usefulness of Classical Learning is universally J. acknowledged; but it has been alledged, that the time requisite for acquiring it prevents a sufficient attention from being paid to General Knowledge. The most effecr tual method, however, of prosecuting the study of both, seems to be to join them together. The clastic authors, particularly the poets, cannot be thoroughly understood, without a considerable acquaintance with those branches of science to which they often allude; geography, history, philosophy, astronomy, and above all mythology. To connect, therefore, the study of classical learning with that of general knowledge, is the design of the following work.
On a subject so immense, it was impossible to be minute. The compiler has endeavoured to select such particulars as appeared most important; and it is hoped, that few things of consequence, which are requisite to illustrate the classics, will be found omitted. Throughout the whole work, he has borrowed with freedom from every author from; whom he could derive information; and where books 'faijecl ,'Ju'tn, he has had recourse to such persons as were bttstpable to give him assistance. He owes, on this account, obligations to several gentlemen, particularly to one, for valuable communications concerning Mathematics and Natural History. The historical account of astronomy is extracted chiefly from the elegant work of the unfortunate