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THE LATIN LITERATURE OF THE
B. BROWN, M.A.
FEREDAY FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE
PART A: INNER LIFE
AT THE CLARENDON PRESS
HENRY FROWDE, MA.
PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
LONDON, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK TORONTO AND MELBOURNE
THIS Selection has been undertaken at the suggestion and with the help of the Rev. Hereford B. George, M.A., Fellow of New College, and, primarily, to serve as a textbook for the Oxford Local Examinations. The text is that of the Oxford Classical Texts, so far as the authors included in this book have appeared in that series. The following texts have been used, by kind permission, in cases where no Oxford Text exists:-Friedländer's Petronius, Ball's Seneca (Ludus), C. F. W. Mueller's Pliny (Teubner Edition).
The notes do not attempt to deal with questions of textual criticism or of syntax. The critical results arrived at by the editors of the texts employed have been taken for granted. And the best way of dealing with questions of syntax is to refer to one's grammar. The scope of the notes is therefore limited to the explanation of the subject-matter. An attempt has been made to exclude from them such things as may be discovered by any one who is prepared to use both his dictionary and his wits. The small LatinEnglish Dictionary of Gepp and Haigh has been used as a rough standard in measuring the amount of help that is forthcoming in a dictionary, but a few of the less common words which do occur in that book have been explained in the notes, in case they should be absent from other dictionaries. Analyses or paraphrases of whole passages have been avoided, except in one case (Juv. vii), on the view that the puzzling-out of the sense of whole passages without knowing beforehand exactly what they are about is a valuable element in classical training. A short heading has, however,
been placed before each passage, to show how it illustrates the general idea of the section in which it is placed. It is hoped that this book will not add to the number of 'those editions of authors which are constructed upon the principle of supplying ready-made solutions of all difficulties, and thus reducing the study of Latin to a mere effort of memory exercised upon inferior materials' (Classical Association, Report of Curricula Committee, 1909, p. 14).
I have throughout consulted the standard editions of Juvenal (Mayor, Hardy), Horace (Wickham), Tacitus (Furneaux, Spooner, Peterson), Friedländer's 'Cena Trimalchionis', and Ball's edition of the 'Ludus' of Seneca. More especially is the book indebted in all its parts to the valuable criticisms and suggestions of Mr. George, to whom the whole has been submitted, and of Mr. H. E. Butler, Fellow of New College, who has read the proofs.