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1 Of Cannibals c 1580 Michel de Montaigne 1533 1592 When King Pyrrhus invaded Italy having viewed and considered the order of the army the Romans sent out to meet him I know not said he what kind of barbarians for so the Greeks called all other nations these may be but the disposition of this army that I see has nothing of barbarism in it Plutarch Life of Pyrrhus c 8 As much said the Greeks of that which Flaminius brought into their country and Philip beholding from an eminence the order and distribution of the Roman camp formed in his kingdom by Publius Sulpicius Galba spoke to the same effect 1 By which it appears how cautious men ought to be of taking things upon trust from vulgar opinion and that we are to judge by the eye of reason and not from common report I long had a man in my house that lived ten or twelve years in the New World discovered in these latter days and in that part of it where Villegaignon landed2 which he called Antarctic France This discovery of so vast a country seems to be of very great consideration I cannot be sure that hereafter there may not be another so many wiser men than we having been deceived in this I am afraid our eyes are bigger than our bellies and that we have more curiosity than capacity for we grasp at all but catch nothing but wind Plato brings in Solon In Timaeus telling a story that he had heard from the priests of Sais in Egypt that of old and before the Deluge there was a great island called Atlantis situate directly at the mouth of the straits of Gibraltar which contained more countries than both Africa and Asia put together and that the kings of that country who not only possessed that Isle but extended their dominion so far into the continent that they had a country of Africa as far as Egypt and extending in Europe to Tuscany attempted to encroach even upon Asia and to subjugate all the nations that border upon the Mediterranean Sea as far as the Black Sea and to that effect overran all Spain the Gauls and Italy so



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