“In the Abbott Egyptological collection, in New York City, may be seen numerous evidences of the skill of the ancients in various handicrafts; among others the art of lace-making; and, as it could hardly be expected but that the signs of woman’s vanity should go side by side which those of man’s strength, there are also specimens of artificial hair, and gold ornaments of different kinds.
The New York Tribune, reviewing the contents of the Ebers Papyrus, says: “Verily, there is no new thing under the sun…. Chapters 65, 66, 79, and 89 show that hair invigorators, hair dyes, pain-killers, and flea powders were desiderata 3400 years ago.”
How few of our recent alleged discoveries are in reality new, and how many belong to the ancients, is again most fairly and eloquently though but in part stated by our eminent philosophical writer, Professor John W. Draper. His Conflict between Religion and Science – a great book with a very bad title – swarms with such facts.
At page 13, he cites a few of the achievements of ancient philosophers, which excited the admiration of Greece. In Babylon was a series of Chaldean astronomical observations, ranging back through nineteen hundred and three years, which Callisthenes sent to Aristotle.
Ptolemy, the Egyptian king-astronomer possessed a Babylonian record of eclipses going back seven hundred and forty-seven years before our era.”
H. P. Blavatsky