Note 095
From Chapter 43 of the Decline & Fall

After some figures of rhetoric, the sands of the sea, etc., Procopius (Anecdot. c. 18) attempts a more definite account; that Ancient Greek had been exterminated under the reign of the Imperial demon. The expression is obscure in grammar and arithmetic and a literal interpretation would produce several millions of millions. Alemannus (p. 80) and Cousin (tom. iii. p. 178) translate this passage, "two hundred millions:" but I am ignorant of their motives. If we drop Ancient Greek the remaining Ancient Greek a myriad of myriads, would furnish one hundred millions, a number not wholly inadmissible.

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