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The cautious historian only tells us that he is supposed to have flourished about nine hundred years before the time of Christ; while there are also learned writers who contend that no such person as Homer ever lived, and who attribute the two most famous poems of antiquity to various minstrels or ballad-mongers, who celebrated the 'tale of Troy divine' at various periods, and whose songs and legends were fused into unity at the time of Pisistratus. ...Æsop, the fabulist, who flourished six hundred years before Christ, and whose fables are as familiar to us after the lapse of twenty-five hundred years as household words; Publius Syrus, the eminent moralist, who lived in the time of Julius Cæsar, and whose wise axioms are to be found in every library; Terence, the Carthaginian poet and dramatist; Epictetus, the stoic philosopher,—all were slaves in early life, but won freedom and lasting fame by force of their native genius. ...'As monarchs have a right,' he says, 'to call in the specie of a State and raise its value by their own impression, so are there certain prerogative geniuses who are above plagiaries, who cannot be said to steal, but from their improvement of a thought, rather to borrow it, and repay the commonwealth of letters with interest again, and may more properly be said to adopt than to kidnap a sentiment, by leaving it heir to their own fame.'
About Maturin Murray Ballou, the Author:
He co-founded Gleason's Pictorial, was the first editor of the Boston Daily Globe, and wrote numerous travel books and works of popular fiction. ...Writing under the pseudonym Lieutenant Murray, Ballou authored popular novels which were published by Frederick Gleason starting around 1845, such as The Gipsey, or, the Robbers of Naples: a Story of Love and Pride.