Jones, Inigo, 1573-1652; Charleton, Walter, 1619-1707; Webb, John, 1611-1672 / The most notable antiquity of Great Britain, vulgarly called Stone-Heng, on Salisbury Plain, restored, by Inigo Jones ... To which are added, the Chorea gigantum, or Stone-Heng restored to the Danes, by Doctor Charleton; and Mr. Webb’s Vindication of Stone-Heng restored, in answer to Dr. Charleton’s reflections; with observations upon the orders and rules of architecture in use among the ancient Romans. Before the whole are prefixed, certain memoirs relating to the life of Inigo Jones; with his effigies, engrav’d by Hollar; as also Dr. Charleton’s, by P. Lombart; and four new views of Stone-Heng, in its present situation: with above twenty other copper-plates, and a compleat index to the entire collection
Stone-Heng restored, pp. 1-72 ff.
STON E-LIEN 0 Reflored. 9 Thus, you fee, in what Condition the Inhabitants of this Ifland, lived in thofe ancient Times, having of themfelves, neither Defire, nor Ability to exercife, nor from others, Encouragement to attain whatever Knowledge in the Art of Building. Precepts, and Rules therein, the Druids neither could, nor would impart unto thei That they could not, appears from what is formerly faid, and ini what skilful above others, they communicated nothing, but to thofie of their own Society, taking fpecial Order (as Cefar affirms) their Difcipline might not be divulged., As for Colonies of any Nation pra&ifed in Arts, from whom they might receive or Knowledge, or civil Converfation, there were none fettled amongft them,: neither had they Commerce, or Traf- ick, with any People experienced therein, much lefs Acquaintance with any other, except thofe of Gaul, well near as barbarous as themfelves. None of the Gauls in a Manner, had any Knowledge (faith Cefar) of the Nature and .Quality of the Peop eof Britain, .ar. lib. or of the Plces? Ports, or a feque enimA, temerk pret 7 To77 , quam, neque iis iplfis quid-: quam, _prxter oram maritimam, atque eas regiones que funt con- tra Galliam, notum eft. For, not any went thither without im- ninent Danger, except Merchants, and they a o could give ac- count of otking, fave only the Sea-coaji, and thofe Countries which were oppofe to Gaul. Never any Colony of the Greeks, for ought know (faith Ortelius) was feated in Britain. And Cfar, the ora. dfcr.F,. Jrfi of all the Romans that diftovered it, faith Camden. Camdef.2. If Defire neverthelefs, to know in what Times the ancient Bri- tains began to be civilized, when to learn the Knowledge of Arts, to build fRatelyTemples, Palaces, publick Buildings, to be eloquent in foreiga Languages, and by their Habits, and Attire, attain the Qualities of a, civil, and well ordered' People, Tacitus fhall relate the fame. Sequens hiems faluberrimis conciliis bfumpta, &c. The Winter enfuing (being the fecond Year of Julius Agricola his Propretorbpi, or Lieutenancy in Britain ; Ttus eJafan Emperor, about one hundred thirty three Years after the firft Difcovery thereof by Cefar) was ~pent in moji profitable, and politick Councils (faith Tacitus.) mt. i, . For, vhereas the Britains were rude, and difperfed, and thereby dgr. prone, upon every Occaion, to War; Agricola, to induce them by P.leafure to Xsiuetnefs and Re#, exhorted them in Private, and helpt them in Common to build Temples, Houf2s, and Places of publick Refort, commending thofe that were forward therein, and punihing the Refratlory. Moreover, the Noblemens Sons he took, and in lruHed in the liberal Sciences, preferring the witS o Britain, to the Students in Gaul, as being now eagerl &mbtious to attain the Eloquence of the Roman Ton ue, whereas lately they utterl rej e/ed that Language. A!fter that, our Attire grew in Atccount, and the Gown much ufed amongft them, and fo by little and little they proceeded to Provocations of Vices, to fumptuous Galleries, Baths, and exquifite Ban quettings. Thus far Tacitus. Now had there been but' the leaft Mention made, by any Author, concern- ing the Druids inftrufting, and training up the ancient Britdins in any fuch Matters, as thefe, (which Tacitus remembers the Romans D to
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