A Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, Historical, Biographical, Literary, and Miscellaneous, Vol. 1: To Which Is Prefixed, an Essay on by Samuel JohnsonA Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, Historical, Biographical, Literary, and Miscellaneous, Vol. 1: To Which Is Prefixed, an Essay on by Samuel Johnson

A Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, Historical, Biographical, Literary, and…

bySamuel Johnson

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Excerpt from A Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, Historical, Biographical, Literary, and Miscellaneous, Vol. 1: To Which Is Prefixed, an Essay on Epitaphs

If our prejudices in favour of antiquity deserve to have any part in the regulation of our studies, Eprrarns seem entitled to more than common regard, as they are probably of the same age with the art of writing. The most ancient structures in the world, the Pyramids, are supposed to be sepulchral monu ments, which either pride or gratitude erected and the same passions which incited men to such laborious and expensive methods of preserving their own me mory, or that of their benefactors, would doubtless incline them not to neglect any easier means by which the same ends might be obtained. Nature and reason have dictated to every nation, that to preserve good actions from oblivion, is both the inte rest and duty of mankind; and therefore we find no people acquainted with the use of letters, that emit. Ted to grace the tombs of their heroes and wise men with panegyrical inscriptions.

To examine, therefore, in what the perfection of Errrarns consists, and what rules are to be observed in composing them, will be at least of as much use as other critical enquiries; and for assigning a few hours to such disquisitions, great examples at least, if not strong reasons, may be pleaded.

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Title:A Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, Historical, Biographical, Literary, and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:548 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.11 inPublished:December 26, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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