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On the Dating of Ancient History. The object of the following paper
is to examine the various ways in use of exhibiting the dates of
events in ancient history, that is, before the Christian era: and
to find out whether, supposing them to be defective, any better way
can be found. It will be convenient in the outset of such an
inquiry, to go over very briefly the history of historical
reckoning or dating in the practical view of it; that is to say,
setting aside chronological investigation, or the manner in which
chroniclers and chro- nologers have discovered and rectified the
dates of events, to run through the history of the manner in which,
at different times, they have exhibited or represented them1. For
chronology, time must first have been measured, then have been
marked, and then have events'arranged in their proper places along
it. By the measurement of time is meant the nature of the months,
years, and cycles, in use among any people: by the marking of it,
is meant the manner in which any one portion of it is distinguished
from another similar one, or since years are the ordinary
historical units of time, the manner of distinguishing one year
from another. A good chronology, or a clear chronological
conception, is a distinct notion of events in their proper
sequence, referred to, associated with, and as it were framed in, a
distinctly marked course of time. Trustworthy chronology can rest
only upon contemporary registering or recording, because tradition,
except in very rare cases, gives us no measurement. A register or
record implies a previous marking of time more or less distinctly,
and is a contemporary referring of something to the time thus
marked. The manner of the marking of time may be by a succession of
names of individuals, with each of which n...
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