Thursday, August 9, 2012

The works of William Robertson, D.D. 1817

William Robertson (1721 – 1793) was a Scottish historian, minister of religion, and Principal of the University of Edinburgh. He presided over the unique flowering of intellectual culture in the second half of the eighteenth century that has become known as the Scottish Enlightenment. He was one of the most respected historians of the eighteenth century, a man whose works were translated into several languages and extensively republished, and who stood alongside Edward Gibbon, David Hume and Voltaire in European reputation. He stated on ancient Macedonians:

[An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India, Vol. XII]


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