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CONTENTS OF VOLUME THE FIRST
METROLOGISCHE UNTERSUCHUNGEN UBER GEWICHTE,
MUNZFUSSE, UND MASSE DES ALTERTHUMS IN IHREM
ZUSAMMENHANGE, VON AUGUST. BOECKH.
BERLIN, 1838. 1 Vol. 8vo.
(INVESTIGATIONS ON ANCIENT WEIGHTS, COINS, AND
M. BOECKH has so long been celebrated in the philological world for profound erudition—for method, as well as ingenuity, in the combination of scattered facts, and for the quality, somewhat rare among eminent scholars, of sobriety in the field of conjecture—that no preface is necessary when I proceed to offer a few remarks upon one of his recent and most elaborate productions.
The Metrologie is a work not unworthy of its distinguished author. The dispersed fragments of evidence, respecting the weights, measures, and monetary systems of the ancient world— one of the most perplexing subjects in the whole range of philology,—are patiently collected, and perspicuously discussed: and the thirty chapters, of which the book consists, are so closely packed with matter, as to forbid the possibility of any condensed abstract of the entire contents. The views of M. Boeckh are, in several respects, original, differing even from opinions stated by himself in former publications: he has, moreover, imparted to the subject a new interest, by considering the metrological systems of the various countries in antiquity in continual com