Analecta Gorgiana

Analecta Gorgiana is a collection of long essays and short monographs which are consistently cited by modern scholars but previously difficult to find because of their original appearance in obscure publications. Carefully selected by a team of scholars based on their relevance to modern scholarship, these essays can now be fully utilized by scholars and proudly owned by libraries.

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A brief sketch of an Argument respecting the nature of Scriptural, and the importance and necessity

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 778
ISBN: 978-1-61143-156-8
The author advocates spiritual revivals. He describes the proper revival and says why America in particular stands to benefit from more revivals. He also warns of the negative consequences if there are too few revivals.

The Fountain of Youth

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 776
ISBN: 978-1-61143-154-4
Every region around the world has a version of the Fountain of Youth myth. The author is concerned as to the origin of the story. He concludes that India is the source of the fable.

On the Avesta

Or the Sacred Scriptures of the Zoroastrian Religion
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 775
ISBN: 978-1-61143-153-7
An ancient and authoritative record of the Iranian religion, the Avesta, had recently been discovered. The author’s goal is to trace out the history of the introduction to modern knowledge of the writings of this text.

On Lepsius's Standard Alphabet

A Letter of Explanations from Prof. Lepsius
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 774
ISBN: 978-1-61143-152-0
Professor Lepsius’ goal in this article is to analyze the comments made in the article William Whitney wrote on his “Standard Alphabet” in 1861.

The Mystery of Fu-lin

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 773
ISBN: 978-1-61143-151-3
Several Chinese literary accounts attest that the mysterious country in the west called Fu-lin is declared to be identical with the country from ancient times known as Ta-ts’in. The author does not believe that they are one in the same.

The Dates of the Philosophical Sutras of the Brahmans

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 772
ISBN: 978-1-61143-150-6
The author is concerned with finding the dates of composition of the Buddhist doctrines the Sunyavada and the Vijnanavada. It was concluded that the Vijnanavada was arranged later than the Sunyavada.

On the Date of Zoroaster

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 771
ISBN: 978-1-61143-149-0
Wide diversity prevails with regard to the date which Zoroaster lived. This diversity is largely due to incongruities in ancient statements on the subject. One can reasonably conclude that he lived between the seventh and sixth centuries B.C.E.

The Constitutional Development of the Western Han Dynasty

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 769
ISBN: 978-1-61143-147-6
The Western Han dynasty was one of the most successful period in Chinese history. They drastically transformed the government from the ways of the Chou monarchs, which was the basis for subsequent dynasties.

Notes on Recent Theories of the Origin of the Alphabet

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 768
ISBN: 978-1-61143-146-9
The author’s intent is to continue a search about the origins of the Phoenician alphabet and whether it has a connection to old Babylonian and Egyptian. Up until this point, no satisfactory connection has been made to the Babylonian syllabaries.

The Unilingual Inscriptions K. 138 and K. 3232

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 767
ISBN: 978-1-61143-145-2
Three inscriptions are laid out, which directly relate to the Assyrian ceremony of the scapegoat. Many of the rites discusses in these inscriptions relate to those of the Israelites. Translations and commentaries are given of all three inscriptions.

The Tearing of Garments as a Symbol of Mourning

With Especial Reference to the Customs of the Ancient Hebrews
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 726
ISBN: 978-1-61143-020-2
The tearing of garments and putting on sackcloth are common acts mentioned together in the Hebrew Bible. The author argues that these customs exhibit a tendency in religious observances to revert to the ways of an earlier time.

The Elephant and Its Ivory in Ancient China

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 725
ISBN: 978-1-61143-019-6
This paper’s purpose is to present a brief synopsis of the available data concerning the Asiatic elephant and the traffic in its ivory during the earlier historical periods in regions where it has now disappeared, particularly in ancient China.

The Hittite Language

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 723
ISBN: 978-1-61143-017-2
Friedrich Hrozny believes that Hittite is an Indo-European language. On face value, Hrzony makes a strong case. However, Maurice Bloomfield is not entirely convinced by Hrozny’s evidence that Hittite belongs to this etymological group.

The Eastern Iron Trade of the Roman Empire

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 722
ISBN: 978-1-61143-016-5
The appearance is given in the Roman text, Historia Naturalis, that the Seres were a people who imported iron and silk to Rome from China. However, an agreement has never been reached as to the exact origin of this people.

Recent Discussions of Totemism

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 721
ISBN: 978-1-61143-015-8
The meaning of the words “totem” and “totemism” have not been consented as of yet. However, totemism has been designated as an exogamous organization in which a clan is allied by an intimate and sacred bond to a natural object.

Blood Test as Proof of Kinship in Jewish Folklore

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 720
ISBN: 978-1-61143-014-1
Blood, among the Jews, possibly because it was held to be symbolic of the soul, was an object of sacred awe. The ancient practice of covenanting by means of blood is widely-practiced as a result of ethnic superstitions.

Possible Non-Indo-European Elements in 'Hittite'

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 719
ISBN: 978-1-61143-013-4
Prince believes that Hittite shows marked non-Aryan peculiarities. He attempts to examine some important points in the morphology of Hittite in order to determine whether or not some of the most salient forms are of non-Aryan, rather than Indo-European.

Certain Parallel Developments in Pali and New Persian Phonology

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 718
ISBN: 978-1-61143-012-7
Pali and New Persian are without influence on one another, yet they show a striking similarity in their development. All coincidences between the two languages are due to the operation of the laws of development which govern the Indo-Iranian languages.

A Hymn to Nergal

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 716
ISBN: 978-1-61143-010-3
The god Nergal had his residence at Cutha, according to numerous passages in cuneiform literature. The ancient king of Uruk, Singamil (ca. 2750 B.C.E.), was also a devoted adherent of the Nergal cult, and fostered his worship at Uruk itself.

A General View of the Progress of Ethical Philosophy

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 715
ISBN: 978-1-61143-007-3
The author reviews a volume on ethics, concluding it to be insufficient. Any logical system of ethics and morals must derive from the Bible. The author criticizes the volume’s author for his sympathetic treatment of David Hume.

The Religious Condition of Holland

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 714
ISBN: 978-1-61143-006-6
The author outlines religious practices and history of Protestant Churches in Holland. Most attention is paid to the Reformed Church of Holland, but other Churches are discussed. The influence of politics and important figureheads is described.

Roman Catholicism

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 804
ISBN: 978-1-61143-182-7
A scathing polemic against Roman Catholicism, the author uses logical and textual evidence to contradict Catholic rituals and beliefs.

Theories of Education

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 802
ISBN: 978-1-61143-180-3
The author attacks practices common in newer forms of education. He generally calls for a more conservative, less experimental, approach which emphasizes deep general knowledge. No formal method is offered to replace the broken system.

The Life of William Farel

Prepared from original authorities
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 801
ISBN: 978-1-61143-179-7
The reviewer examines a biography of Protestant Reformer William Farel. The book describes Farel’s departure from Catholicism and contributions to the efforts of Swiss Reformation, Zuingle in particular. His trails and successes are described.

Gall's Lesson System of Education

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 800
ISBN: 978-1-61143-178-0
The author reviews a text which proposes a “Lesson System” to replace the current ineffective Sabbath school model. The new system fixes many of the old system’s errors and has been successfully implemented in a few places.