PART THE SECOND.
OF THE TEMPLES OR SACRED BUILD-
INGS OF THE ANCIENTS.
1 hope to be pardoned in requesting the
reader's attention to an observation or two,
before we enter on the rules of Vitruvius
concerning sacred buildings.
Of all the buildings of the ancients,
those sacred to their deities remain most
perfect, and in the greatest number. In-
deed, considering the polytheism of their
religion, (the Greeks are reported to have
had thirty thousand Gods; nor were the
Roman deities less numerous) and how
much men and nations vied in endeavour-
ing to shew the greatest liberality in