The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

December 13, 2015

blank-edge-space, fable, Dryden's Plutarch, saz, might be guns saz at the limits

As geographers, Sosius, crowd into the edges of their maps parts
of the world which they do not know about, adding notes in the
margin to the effect, that beyond this lies nothing but the
sandy deserts full of wild beasts, unapproachable bogs, Scythian
ice, or a frozen sea, so in this work of mine, in which I have
compared the lives of the greatest men with one another, after
passing through those periods which probable reasoning can reach
to and real history find a footing in, I might very well say of
those that are farther off: "Beyond this there is nothing but
prodigies and fictions, the only inhabitants are the poets and
inventors of fables; there is no credit, or certainty any


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