The fact, however, appears to be that the prominence given to the heart in popular beliefs dates from the time when in the course of the development of anatomical knowledge the important function of the heart in animal life came to be recognized, whereas the supposition that the liver is the seat of vitality rests upon other factors than anatomical knowledge, and, being independent of such knowledge, also antedates it.
The first of them antedates by six or seven centuries the similar change in the Romance languages (see Romance Languages).
- Mitre of is unknown, though it perhaps antedates the Armenian Priest.
The characteristic civilization of prehistoric Mexico, however, antedates both of these periods.
It has been necessary to consider at such length St Paul's account of the Eucharist, both because it antedates nearly by half a century that of the gospels, and because it explains the significance which the rite had no less for the Gnostics than for the great church.
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