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THE

CICERONIAN;

THE PRUSSIAN METHOD

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OF TEACHING THE

ELEMENTS OF THE LATIN LANGUAGE.

ADAPTED TO

THE USE OF AMERICAN SCHOOLS.
BY B. SEARS.

BOSTON:
GOULD, KENDALL, & LINCOLN,

59 Washington Street.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year I844,

By Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

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PREFACE.

Dr. Ernest Ruthardt, of Breslau, published, in the year 1839, a small volume, proposing improvements in the method of teaching the Latin and Greek classics, as the result of much experience both on his own part and on that of several of his literary friends. The Prussian Minister of Education was so pleased with it as to order a copy for every gymnasium in the kingdom. He, at the same time, requested the teachers to direct their attention to the subject, and, afterwards, to express their opinions upon it. The consequence has been a very general approbation of the method, and its adoption in about a hundred gymnasia.

In 1841, the author published the work in an enlarged form, in which he made use of numerous suggestions from different teachers, and reviewers in the critical journals. It is from this work that the general principles have been taken which are now presented to the public. It was deemed proper, however, to draw up a summary of them in an independent form, and to make such modifications as to adapt the system to the condition of American schools.

As the author's Loci Memoriales, or passages from the Latin classics, selected for the purpose of exemplifying the system, were not the result of so much labor as the other work, the undertaking of Professors Meiring and Remacly, of Daren, to examine the writings of Cicero for the purpose of making a more careful and perfect

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