(4) The extraordinary longevity of the Antideluvians is accounted utterly incredible by many moderns; but it did not appear so unnatural to the early ages of Pa∣ganism. — Let no one (says Josephus) upon comparing the lives of the antients with our lives, and with the few years which we now live, think that what we have said of them is false. I have for witness to what I have said, all those who have written antiquities, both among the Greeks and Barbarians. For even Manetho, who wrote the Egyptian History; and Berosus, who col∣lected the Chaldean Monuments; and Mochus and Hostiaeus; and besides these, Hieronymus the Egyptian, and those who composed the Phoenician history, agree to what I here say. Hesiod also, and Hecutaeus, and Hal∣lanicus, and Acusilaus; and besides these, Ephorus and Ni∣colaus of Damascus, relate that the antients lived 1000 years.

The antient Latin authors likewise confirm the sacred history in this branch: and Varro, in particular, made an enquiry, What the reason was that the antients lived a 1000 years.

See a continuation of this 4th note in the appendix.


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