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PRINCIPIA LATINA.-Part III.
INTRODUCTION TO LATIN POETRY.
I. EASY HEXAMETERS AND PENTAMETERS,
II. ECLOGAE OVIDIANAE.
III. LATIN PROSODY AND METRE.
IV. FIRST LATIN VERSE-BOOK.
For the Use of the Lower Forms in Public and Private Schools.
BY WILLIAM SMITH, LL.D.,
CLASSICAL EXAMINER IN THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON.
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.
PRINCIPIA LATINA, PART I. A FIRST COURSE. Con-
taining a GRAMMAR, DELECTUS, EXERCISE-BOOK, and VOCABULARIES.
PRINCIPIA LATINA, PART II. A READING-BOOK. Con-
taining Fables, Anecdotes, Mythology, Roman Antiquities, and History.
"With Notes and a Dictionary. Fourth Edition, with a New and Improved
PRINCIPIA LATINA, PART III. A POETRY-Book. Con-
taining-1. Easy Hexameters and Pentameters. 2. Eclogae Ovidianae.
3. Prosody and Metre. 4. First Latin Verse-Book. Third Edition.
PRINCIPIA LATINA, PART IV.
DR. WM. SMITH'S GREEK COURSE.
INITIA GRECA:-AN INTRODUCTION TO GREEK. Con-
LONDON: PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET,
AND CHARING CROSS.
THE following Work is the Third of a short Series which I
have undertaken with the view of facilitating the study of
the Latin Language. It contains a Poetical Reading-Book
suitable for Beginners, the chief laws of Latin Prosody,
with an explanation of the structure of the Hexameter and
Pentameter Verse, and a First Latin Verse-Book. It thus
presents, in a single volume of moderate size, subjects
usually distributed over two or more separate works; and
there. can be little doubt that a pupil who has mastered
the book will have been well grounded in Latin verse, and
will thus be able to enter upon the study of Virgil and
Ovid with greater advantage than if he had attempted to
read those authors without a similar preparatory training.
The Poetical Extracts are taken from the Tirocinium
Poeticum' of Siebelis-a work extensively read in the
German Gymnasia, and which has gone through several
editions. They are arranged in a systematic progression;
and care has been taken, in the selection of passages, that
the matter should be suitable for boys, and free from any
special difficulty; while the Notes give such explanations
as the pupil will be likely to require in the preparation of
his lessons. Appended to the Eclogae Ovidianae are some
verses on the difference of quantity and meaning in cer-
tain words, as well as upon other subjects, which the pupil
The plan of the First Latin Verse-Book, which is taken
from Seyffert's excellent work on the same subject, will be
sufficiently understood by a list of its contents. The
Exercises, like the Poetical Extracts, are so arranged as
gradually to train the pupil in Latin Versification; and it
is believed that a boy who has gone through these Exer-
cises will be able to enter at once upon original composition
January 1st, 1863.