Literary History of Persia, 4 volumes. by Edward G. Browne

By Edward G. Browne

The vintage paintings at the topic, A LITERARY historical past OF PERSIA continues to be the traditional paintings within the English language on Persia and her literature. It spans 4 volumes (2,256 pages) and took approximately twenty-five years to put in writing. even though it concentrates on Persian literature, it additionally surveys all points of Persian tradition from Iranian pre-history to the 20th century.

The awesome freshness and liveliness of Browne's prose will astonish readers. as well as being a piece of reference it truly is e-book that could be learn strictly for excitement. J.T.P. De Bruijn's new creation surveys the heritage, value and endured price of the work.

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T h e full development of Oriental studies in Europe, however, may be said to date from the seventeenth century, since which epoch progress has been steady and conSeventeenth century. tinuous. D. D. 1636), of which the latter was filled ,by the illustrious Pococke and the former by the equally illustrious Abraham Wheelock, who, with the teaching of Arabic and Anglo-Saxo~l,combined the function ot University Librarian. Amongst his pupils was rhomas Hyde. that distinguished scholar, Thomas Hyde, afterwards Professor of both the Hebrew and the Arabic languages at Oxford, whose work on the History of the Religion of the Ancient Persians, Parthians, and Medes, published in 1700, little more than a year before his death,^ may be taken as representing the high-water-mark of knowledge on this subject at the close of the seventeenth century, and, indeed, 1 He died on February 18,1702, having resigned the Librarianship of the Bodleian in April, 1701.

Y. A. R. SH. A), of which one ( A ) occurred three times, and three (R, Y, S H ) twice, in the t w o names ; and the assumption as to the reading of these names was confirmed by the order of the component letters of each. N o w i t was known from the accounts of the Greek historians that Darius was the son of Hystaspes, which name appeared in Anquetil's work in the native forms Gushtisp, Vishthsp, &c. ; and, from the analogy of the inscription of Xerxes, i t appeared probable that Darius also in his inscription would mention this, his father's name.

JONES AND A N Q UE TIL taste, but absolutely refused t o recognise t h e immense importance, ana even t h e reality, of discoveries which might have condoned far more serious shortcomings. " A s a matter of fact Anquetil's remarks about t h e English are ( w h e n w e remember the circumstances under which h e wrote, in time of war, when he had seen his Vindication of nation worsted by ours, and had himself been held captive, not being a prisoner of war, within our borders) extremely fair and moderate, nay, most gratifying, on t h e whole, t o our amour propre, as may be seen in his glowing eulogy of M r .

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