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An Historical Commentary upon those Latin Words, would be a very Curious Work, and an admirable Antidote against Persecution.

Cruelty is the peculiar Character of the Church of Rome. Those, who have felt the dismal Effects of a false Zeal for Religion, those who came out of great Tribulation, are in a more particular manner obliged to express their Abhorrence for Persecution upon all Occasions. I am,

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ing Coins and Medals. The Author discourses, among other Things, of those Gold Pieces, callid Rainbow-Drops, Falling Stars, (in German, RegenbogenSchüsselein, Sternschofs) that are to be found in this Country. They are hollow on the one side, and convex on the other, Some Types may be seen on both fides; but they are generally very much worn out on the convex Part. The People look upon them as Productions of the Rainbow, that fall from the Clouds with the Rain. They ascribe to them imaginary Virtues, and some are so superstitious, as to hang them about their Necks as a Charm. The Author believes that those small Pieces are' true Coins, ftruck by fome Barbarous Nations of the North, such as the

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Feanks, the Burgundi, the Goths, the Vandals, or the Normanni. Some will have most of those Pieces to have been ftruck in Sicily by the Vandals, because some of them have a Triangular Figure, and others three Points marked upon them; which, in their Opinion, denotes the three Promontories of that Hand.

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M. MinucII FELICIS Octavius, ex ite«

rata Recensione JOANNIS DAVIS II, LL. Þ. Coll

. Regin. Cantab. Socii cum ejusdem Animadversionibus ac Notis integris Def. Heraldi & Nic. Rigaltii, necnon Selectis aliorum. Accedit COMMODIANYS.avi Cyprianici Scriptor, cum Observationibus antehac editis

, aliisque nonnullis, quæ jam primum prodeunt. Cantabrigiæ, Typis Academicis. Impenfis Cornelii Crownfield, celeberrimæ Academiæ Typographi. M DCC XII.

That is,
A SECOND EDITIO N of Dislogue of

MINUCIUS FELIX, entitled OCTA-
VIUS, by John DAVIES, LL, D.
Fellow of Queen's College at Cambridge ;
with his own. Observations, and those of
Heralduş and Rigaltius , besides felect

Nates

Notes of others. To which is added COM-
MODIANUS, a Writer who lived in the

Third Century, with the Remarks formerly publisb'd', and some others, never before printed. Cambridge, 1712. in 8vo. Pagg 269. T HIS Second Edition

of Minucius Felix, pur blished by the Reverend Dr. Davies, will be very acceptable to the Publick, not only because it contains all the Notes of Heraldus and Rigaltius, and the beft Remarks of some other Learned Men, buc because the Editor has reformed and very much en. larged his own Observations in a great many Places, He undertakes to clear the Sense of the Author ; to juftify the common Reading, when there is Occasion for it; to illustrate several Expressions by comparing them with those of other Ancient Writers; to explain the Customs alluded to by Minucius Felix; and even to mend the Text in several Passages. Dr. Davies is one of those few Criticks of our Time, who discovers a grear Sagacity in removing the Faules, that have crept into the Ancient Books. I Ihall give some la Itances of this part of his Performance, being persuaded that the Readers will infer from thence, that his other Observations are not less judicious and valua. ble.

Pag. 20. Nec immerito DISCEDENS (Octavius) vir eximius & San&tus, immenfum fui defideriuta nobis reliquit.

It plainly appears from the whole Dialogue of Mir nucius Felix, that he composed it after the Death of his Friend O&avius. But (says Dr. Davies) if we read discedens in this Passage, it cannot be inferred from it that O&adius was departed this Life. Whereupon he quotes these Words of St. Jerome, Ep. VII. of the laft Paris Edition: Non minus mihi dereliquis abeundo defiderium, quam attulerat veniendo lætitiam; Which are meant of a person that was still alive.

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Our judicious Oritick reads therefore the Paffage of Minucius Felix thus: Nec immerito DECEDENS vir eximius & Sanctus immenfum Jui desiderium nobis reliquit. To confirm his Emendation, he quoʻes among other Passares these Words of Phaedrus, Lib, IV. Fab. 4. Quidam DECEDENS tres reliquit filias,

Pag. 71,72. Hoc fonte defluxit Arcesile, & multo post Carneadis & Academicorum PLURIMORUM in summis questionibus tuta dubitatio ; quo genere phia lofophari & caute indo&ti poffunt, doeti gloriose

. The Learned Editor raises an Objection against the Word plurimorum in this paffage. Why Nould) Cæcilius (one of the Interlocutors) say, That most Aca. demicks doubt of every Thing, fince it was the Character of all those Philosophers ? - Dr. Davies proves it by a Palfage of Cicero, and another of Ara nobius; and then reads the Words in question thus: Hec fonte defiuxit Arc-file, & multo poft Carneadis, Aca-demicorum, PYRRHONIORUM, in suminis queftionibus tută dubitatio, &c. The Academicks and the Pyrrbonists are frequently mentioned together by the Ancient Authors. Nay, (continues the Editor) in the XXXllith Chapter of this Book, wherein Ostavius answers what Cecilius says here, we read these Words: Arcefilas quoque & Carneades, & PYRRHO, & omnis AC ADEMICORUM multitudo deliberet. Dr. Davies, not contented with this Passage, whereby his Emendation is so happily confirmed, adds a Passage of Seneca, and another of Origen. " I fall only in. sert that of Seneca, Ep. LXXXVIIT, PYRRHONI, (says that Philosopher) & Megarici & Eretrici,

ACADEMICI novim induxerunt scientiam, NIHIL SCIRE. ... Pag. 125. Jan finitimos agro pellere, civitates proximas evertere cum templis & altaribus, captos cogere, damnis alienis & fuis fcele ibus adolefcere, cum Romulo regibus ceteris, & POSTREMIS ducibus disciplina communis eft.

Dr. Davies obferves upon these Words, That the firft duces of the Romans were not less guiley of the Crimes

mentioned

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