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Entereu according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by

ELDREDGE & BROTHER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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PREFACE.

THE

HE editor has founded his text of Horace upon the best

manuscripts,- as cited by Keller, Ritter, Orelli, and other critics, – after comparing the judgments of the most sagacious editors upon every passage. Readings not adopted, which deserve attention for their importance or their high authority, as well as the most noticeable conjectural emendations, have been placed at the bottom of each page.

In the notes, it has been his simple endeavor to meet the wants of American students. While great attention has been paid to the expianation of points of grammatical, philological, and antiquarian interest, he has hoped to aid in making the study of these poems conduce to refinement of taste and to general literary culture. Macleane's admirable Arguments to the Odes and Epodes have been adopted to a great extent; in the Introductions to the Satires and Epistles, aid has been derived from various sources. A long array of commentators has been consulted, as will appear by the references; but particular acknowledgment is due to the always judicious notes of Orelli, the often acute annotations of Ritter, Nauck's sprightly commentary on the Odes, and Krüger's full and accurate notes on the Satires and Epistles. Of recent English annotated editions, the most noticeable is that of Yonge, an Assistant Master of Eton, to whom I acknowledge my indebtedness for occasional assistance. In orthography he follows Munro, non passibus aequis. He is not unacquainted with the great German scholars and critics; but his edition is particularly rich in illustrative citations from other authors.

In the few instances in which the orthography here adopted

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