Short treatise on the mythology of the ancients, by which Francis Bacon endeavors to discover and to show the physical, moral, and political meanings it concealed

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The Wisdom of the Ancients, or rather, De Sapientia Veterum (for it was written in Latin), is a short treatise on the mythology of the ancients, by which Francis Bacon endeavors to discover and to show the physical, moral, and political meanings it concealed. If the listener is not convinced that the ancients understood by these fables all that Bacon discovers in them, he must at least admit the probability of it, and be impressed with the penetration of the author and the variety and depth of his knowledge.