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
of Homer, (Iliad, ii. 128,) the most perfect expression of contempt (Fabric. Lux Evangelii, 740.).