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GLASGOW UNIVERSITY CLASSICS.
Ellustrated and Annotated Editions.
TEXT taken from the best Authorities-ILLUSTRATIONS from the Antique. NOTES Selected from the first Commentators.
NOTES by A. H. BRYCE, A.B. T.C.D.,
One of the Classical Masters in the High School of Edinburgh.
WORKS OF HORACE,
ORIGINAL AND SELECTED.
ONE OF THE CLASSICAL MASTERS OF THE GLASGOW ACADEMY.
WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS.
LONDON AND GLASGOW:
RICHARD GRIFFIN AND COMPANY,
PUBLISHERS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW.
THE "NOTES ON HORACE" have occupied the leisure of the Editor for several years. It is hoped that they will be found generally useful and trustworthy. They are based upon those of Orelli, Dillenburger, and Doering, and are intended to be to the School and College Student what those able Latin Commentaries are to the accomplished Scholar. Considerable assistance has been derived from the labours of Dr Anthon, Pemble, Macleane, Keightley, Heindorf, and others; but never, it is believed, in the case of original matter, without acknowledgment. Information has been obtained from many collateral sources, and incorporated with much that is believed to be original.
The Text followed is substantially that of Orelli, except in the spelling of a few words, such as baca, iam, Juppiter, volnus, volt, which have been changed into bacca, jam, Jupiter, vulnus, vult. The various readings have been given and explained, whenever they were judged of sufficient importance to merit notice; but difficulties have never been slurred over by adopting emendations.
All the Odes, &c., have been annotated; for, so long as complete editions may be had in abundance, expurgated editions, like other shams, will be productive of more injury than good. By presenting nothing but what is beautiful and worthy of remembrance, they excite an undue admiration in favour of the author, while they serve not merely to indicate the objectionable passages, but to invest them with an adventitious interest and favour. In this, as in other matters, the honest course is the best. Moreover, the works of Horace are a vivid history of the age in which he lived; and just in proportion as they are mutilated, they fail to show what was written, read, and appreciated among a civilized people devoid of Christianity. Horace wrote nothing which was then considered beneath the dignity of a gentleman, though he may have written much which we ought not to admire.