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ANCIENT AND MODERN;
INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF
ON THE PLAN OF THE
FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.
ACCOMPANIED BY A CHART.
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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit :
District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-third day of June, A. D. 1828 in the 19 y-second year of the Independence of the United States of America, Samuel G. Goodrich, of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“ Outlines of Chronology, Ancient and Modern ; being an Introduction to the Study of History. On the Plan of the Rev. David Blair. For the Use of Schools. Accompanied by a Chart.”
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned;" and also to an act, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, ana etching historical and other prints.”
JNO. W. DAVIS,
This work is introductory to a series of Histories on the plan of the excellent School Books which have appeared as the works of the Rev. David Blair. The series, which is now nearly completed, will comprise the following :
A History of England,
ditto : Greece, Ancient History,
Modern ditto. These works will be illustrated by engravings, and will be found much superior to the common works on the same subjects.
It is a fact that has probably fallen within the observation of most persons, that few individuals, of those even who have made History a careful study, ever obtain a clear and distinct general view of the subject. Many, indeed, understand well a few separate points, but with most, if its whole details are not speedily rejected from the memory as a load too burdensome to be supported, they lie in the mind in a state of obscurity and confusion. In such cases the recollection of events is difficult and uncertain; the separation of even leading events, from the tangled mass, can scarcely be effected; and the formation of analogous facts into classes, for the purposes of reasoning and inference, is a thing not thought of.
The reason of this is, doubtless, that the field of Gene. ral History is too large-its details too multifarious, They are presented also in a shape too mazy and complex to be distinctly comprehended even ;-much less to be treasured in the memory. In order to be effectnally understood and preserved, they must be arranged into classes, or grouped into periods under some general characteristics, which may tie them together by association, and preserve them for the call of recollection
In the present work an attempt has been made to make such a classification as is needed. The subject is divided into twenty periods; each being characterized in such a way as to distinguish it from the others, and at the same time, by associating a large number of sacts under a general characteristic, to assist in settling their dates. Thus for example our 6th period of an cient history being characterized as the age of Roman Kings, the learner who has fixed our classification in