From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
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- History The Article of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, third edition 1788-1797 ("HISTORY, in general signifies an account of some remarkable facts which have happened in the world, arranged in the true order in which they actually took place, together with the causes to which they were owing, and the different effects they have produced as far as can be discovered. The word is Greek ; and literally denotes a search of curious things, or a desire of knowing, or even a rehearsal of things we have seen; being formed from the verb , which properly signifies to know a thing by having seen it. But the idea is now much more extensive, and is applied to the knowledge of things taken from the report of others. The origin is from the verb ishmi, ‘I know’; and hence it is, that among the ancients several of their great men were called polyhistores, i.e. persons of various and general knowledge. ...")