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A Philological Essay Concerning the Pygmies of the Ancients   By: (1650-1708)

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Edward Tyson's A Philological Essay Concerning the Pygmies of the Ancients is an intriguing exploration of an ancient civilization that has fascinated scholars for centuries. In this meticulously researched work, Tyson delves into the historical accounts and mythical tales surrounding the Pygmies, shedding light on their culture, physical attributes, and encounters with other civilizations.

What sets this book apart is the author's dedication to unraveling the truth behind the Pygmies' existence. Tyson meticulously analyzes ancient texts, including Herodotus and Homer, to extract valuable information about these enigmatic people. He skillfully navigates through the works of various authors, comparing and contrasting their descriptions to paint a comprehensive picture of the Pygmies.

One of the book's main strengths lies in Tyson's ability to distill complex ideas into accessible language. He presents his arguments in a clear and structured manner, making it easy for readers to follow his line of reasoning. Additionally, the inclusion of numerous historical documents and excerpts ensures the reliability and credibility of his analysis.

Tyson's writing style is engaging and erudite, befitting a scholar of his caliber. He effortlessly combines historical facts with anecdotal evidence, breathing life into his narrative and making the Pygmies' story all the more captivating. His careful attention to detail is particularly evident in the numerous footnotes and references, which enhance the overall reading experience.

While some readers may find the book's focus on philology and ancient manuscripts daunting, Tyson does an admirable job of explaining these complex concepts in an approachable manner. He assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, ensuring that anyone with an interest in ancient civilizations can appreciate and understand his research.

The only potential weakness of this work lies in its narrow subject matter. For those not specifically interested in the Pygmies of the ancients, the book may seem overly specialized. However, for scholars and enthusiasts of ancient civilizations, Tyson's work is an invaluable resource.

In conclusion, A Philological Essay Concerning the Pygmies of the Ancients is a well-researched and thought-provoking book that sheds new light on an ancient society long shrouded in mystery. Edward Tyson's meticulous scholarship and engaging writing style ensure an enjoyable and informative reading experience. Whether a seasoned academic or an avid history buff, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Pygmies and their place in ancient history.

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Now Edited, with an Introduction by Bertram C. A. Windle



It is only necessary for me to state here, what I have mentioned in the Introduction, that my account of the habits of the Pigmy races of legend and myth makes no pretence of being in any sense a complete or exhaustive account of the literature of this subject. I have contented myself with bringing forward such tales as seemed of value for the purpose of establishing the points upon which I desire to lay emphasis.

I have elsewhere expressed my obligations to M. De Quatrefage's book on Pigmies, obligations which will be at once recognised by those familiar with that monograph. To his observations I have endeavoured to add such other published facts as I have been able to gather in relation to these peoples.

I have to thank Professors Sir William Turner, Haddon, Schlegel, Brinton, and Topinard for their kindness in supplying me with information in response to my inquiries on several points.

Finally, I have to acknowledge my indebtedness to Professor Alexander Macalister, President of the Anthropological Institute, and to Mr. E. Sidney Hartland, for their kindness in reading through, the former the first two sections, and the latter the last two sections of the Introduction, and for the valuable suggestions which both have made... Continue reading book >>

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