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FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF
THE CHRISTIAN ERA.
PROFESSOR OF ORIENTAL LANGUAGES AND OF LOGIC AT ALTDORF ; AND
CRITICISM AT HEIDELBERG.
The work from which the following pages are taken was intended, by the Author, to serve as a textbook for academical lectures. In the translation, the arrangement of the original has, in many instances, been considerably deviated from, with a view to its better adaptation to the general reader ; much also has been necessarily omitted, in order, as far as possible, to avoid useless repetitions; but all the essential arguments of the work have been retained, and the opinions of the Author faithfully given.