Excerpt from Dictionary of Chrology: Or the Historian's Companion, Being an Authentic Register of Events From the Earliest Period to the Present Time Chrology may be defined, a scientific method of ascertaining or computing time, from the commencement of some given event to the completion or fulfilment of ather, with the doctrine of dates, eras, epochs, &c. coincident therewith. Like history it opens, through a great avenue, an expanded view of all human affairs, and connects and illumines the most dark and distant revolutions of the world. Yet it is to be lamented, that many and insuperable difficulties arise in ascertaining the dates and periods of antiquity, and concerning which much controversy and difference of opinion have arisen. All nations, says Sir Isaac Newton, before they began to keep exact records of time, seem to have been led away by the false pride of heightening their antiquity, and of ascribing their origin to some divinity or rewned prince, often kwn only in fable, and handed down by legendary tradition. On this account Sir Isaac found himself constrained to deviate widely from the beaten paths of former writers, in fixing the dates of facts preceding the war between the Greeks and Persians: yet, so affixing them, says he, as to make Chrology suit with the course of nature, with astromy, with sacred history, and with itself. Sir Isaac Newton has shown, that the Chrology of ancient kingdoms is involved in the greatest uncertainty; and that the Europeans had Chrology before the existence of the Persian empire, or 536 years before Christ, when Cyrus conquered Darius; that the antiquities of the Greeks are full of fables till this period, and that after this time several Greek historians introduced the computation by generations. The Chrology of the Latins was still more uncertain; their old records having been burnt by the Gauls 120 years after the expulsion of their kings, and 388 before the birth of Christ. The Chrologers of Gaul, Spain, Germany, Scythia, Sweden, Britain, and Ireland, are of a still later date; for Scythia beyond the Danube had letters till Ulphilas, their bishop, formed them, about the year 370. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.