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Sap. 11. (*) Nec dubitari debet, quin fuerint ante Homerum poetȰ, puod ex eis carminibus intelligi potest, quȰ apud ilium, et , jn PhȰacuni, et in procorum epulis canuntur. Qic. Brut, rudeness. rudeness of his essays, than with esteem, a8 the inventor of the drama (a). It is acknowleged that the Greeks received the beginnings of their knowlege in philosophy and mathematics, from the Egyptians; but there is reason to suspect, that among the Egyptians, these sciences were in a very imperfect state: it is certain that the earliest Greek philosophers learned, in Egypt, only the first elements of mathematics.

Lib. v. Sed dais omnium doctior, quis acutior, quis in rebus vel inveniendis, vel judicandis acrior Aristotele suit? Orat. 9 Hlis enim hȰc invenienda fuerunt, nobis cognoseenda sont. Quint. Inst. Orat. lib. xii. cap. n. dous edifice of knowlege, of which his comprehensive mind had formed the plan. In every art and science, then, the praise of genius is bestowed on invention, and is . proportioned to the degree of it; In general, the first rank is assigned to those who have invented, when there was no example or model of which they could avaiL themselves, when their predecessors had made no preparation for their discoveries, nor given any hint which could suggest them; and who have, notwithstanding these disadvantages, brought their designs to a considerable degree of perfection.

It requires a peculiar vigour of association. 9 modo, fed eodera temporis momento vim seam impendat. Quint. Inst. Orat. lib. i. cap, io. 3 Genius Genius implies such comprehensiveness of imagination as enables a man, on every occasion, to call in the conceptions that are necessary for executing the designs or compleating the works in which he engages. This takes place, when the associating principles are strong, and fit for acting in an extensive sphere. If they be weak, they will call in memory to their aid.

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