The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms  

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The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms is an approximately 87,000 word composition written by Sir Issac Newton, first published posthumously in 1728 in limited supply, but since republished in mass paperback format. The work represents one of Newton's forays into the topic of chronology, detailing the rise and history of various ancient kingdoms throughout antiquity.

The treatise is composed of eight primary sections. First is an introductory letter to the Queen of England by Newton's estate manager John Conduitt, followed by a short advertisement. After this is found a section entitled "A Short Chronicle" which serves as a brief historical list of events listed in chronological order, beginning with the earliest listed date of 1125BC and the most recent listed at 331BC. The majority of the treatise, however, is in the form of six chapters that explore the history of specific civilizations. These chapters are titled:

  • Chap. I. Of the Chronology of the First Ages of the Greeks.
  • Chap. II. Of the Empire of Egypt.
  • Chap. III. Of the Assyrian Empire.
  • Chap. IV. Of the two Contemporary Empires of the Babylonians and Medes.
  • Chap. V. A Description of the Temple of Solomon.
  • Chap. VI. Of the Empire of the Persians.

According to John Conduitt's introductory letter, The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms was Issac Newton's last personally reviewed work before his death. Some of its subject material and contents have led many people to categorize this work as one of Isaac Newton's occult studies. By modern standards there are many inaccuracies found throughout the work, likely a result of the limited source material that was available during Isaac Newton's lifetime.

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