Allusion Patrol Marlowe
by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton
In Cartographies of Time (p. 44), Grafton and Rosenberg write:
Some of the dynasties recorded in these [16th and 17th century] lists had existed before the date when the Bible set Creation, a fact which inspired both the playwright Christopher Marlowe and the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno to abandon biblical chronology altogether.
The question would remain live for at least a century more; efforts of a generation of French science – a great generation at that — definitively to pin Egyptian history to a date before the notional Flood are the subject of Josefowicz and Buchwald's wonderful Zodiac of Paris .
But what’s the Marlowe allusion? Clearly, it must be obvious: the adjacent footnote clarifies all sorts of things but doesn’t provide a source for this. Where is it? Faustus? Email me.