The town is noted for the excellence of its pottery.
Hence it is referred to as "the Feast" par excellence (Heb.
The vase is a proof of the high degree of excellence to which the goldsmith's art had already attained.
Charpentier in his Excellence de la langue francaise (1683) had anticipated Perrault in the famous academical dispute concerning the relative merit of the ancients and moderns.
The standard of excellence in the ancient writers was indeed far above the level of the 16th century; but the fatal habit of taking at second hand what should have been acquired by direct observation retarded progress more than the possession of better models assisted it, so that the fundamental faults of medieval science remained uncorrected.