Note 148
From Chapter 47 of the Decline & Fall

This number is taken from the curious Recherches sur les Egyptiens et les Chinois (tom. ii. p. 192, 193,), and appears more probable than the 600,000 ancient, or 15,000 modern, Copts of Gemelli Carreri. Cyril Lucar, the Protestant patriarch of Constantinople, laments that those heretics were ten times more numerous than his orthodox Greeks, ingeniously applying the
Ancient Greek
of Homer, (Iliad, ii. 128,) the most perfect expression of contempt (Fabric. Lux Evangelii, 740.).

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