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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839, by HARPER & BROTHERS,
in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New-York.
WORKS OF HORACE,
CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY,
CHARLES ANTHON, LL.D.,
JAY-PROFESSOR OF THE GREEK AND LATIN LANGUAGES IN COLUMBIA COLLEGE,
A NEW EDITION,
CORRECTIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS.
HARPER & BROTHERS, 82 CLIFF-STREET.
MY OLD AND VALUED FRIEND,
JAMES CAMPBELL, ESQ.,
WHO, AMID THE GRAVER DUTIES OF A JUDICIAL STATION,
CAN STILL FIND LEISURE TO GRATIFY A PURE AND
CULTIVATED TASTE, BY REVIVING THE
STUDIES OF EARLIER YEARS.
Tappan Prest, less 4-5-1932
THE very favourable reception which the present work has enjoyed, both in Europe and our own country, has induced the editor to put it forth again in a neater and still more convenient form. The design, therefore, originally entertained, of republishing the larger Horace, is now abandoned, and the present volume is to supply its place for the time to The object of this abridgment is, as was stated on its first appearance, to supply the student with a text-book of convenient size, and one that may contain, at the same time, a commentary sufficiently ample for all his wants. The cditor hopes, from the rapid sale of the previous editions, that this desirable result has been successfully accomplished; and he returns his thanks to those instructers, who have not allowed themselves to be trammelled by sectional feelings and prejudices, but have adopted his work in their respective institutions, although it does not emanate from what some are pleased to consider as the hearth of American scholarship.
It may seem strange to talk of sectional prejudices in matters of education and classical learning; yet the fact cannot be disguised, that they not only exist, but exercise also a very baneful influence among us; and we may well despair of seeing the scholarship of our common country attain to any degree of eminence, while these miserable prejudices are allowed to continue. The editor speaks thus plainly on this subject, as he himself has experienced, more, perhaps, than any other individual, the effects which such feelings are but too well calculated to produce. He has been charged with overloading the authors, whom he has from time to time edited, with cumbersome commentaries; he has been accused of making the path of classical learning too easy for the stu