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STORIES FROM OVID

IN HEXAMETER VERSE

BY THE SAME EDITOR.

Crown 8vo. 35. 6d.
Stories from Ovid in Elegiac Verse.

With Notes for School Use and Marginal References to the Public School Latin Primer."

Crown 8vo.
The Anabasis of Xenophon.

With Preface, Introduction, Historical Sketch, Itinerary,
Syntax Rules, Notes, Indices, Vocabularies, and Maps.
Books I. and II. 35. 6d. Books III. and IV. 35. 6d.
Also separately, Book I., 25. 6d. ; Book II., 25.

Crown 8vo. 9d.
A Short Greek Syntax.

Extracted from the above.

Crown 8vo. Xenophon's Agesilaus.

With Syntax Rules and References, Notes and Indices.

2s. 6d.

Small 8vo, 25. ; or in Three Parts, each 9d. Scott's Lady of the Lake.

Forming a Volume of the English School Classics.

RIVINGTONS
London, Oxford, and Cambridge.

C-1451

IN HEXAMETER VERSE

WITH NOTES FOR SCHOOL USE AND MARGINAL REFERENCES

TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL PRIMER

BY

R. W. TAYLOR, M.A.

HEAD MASTER OF KELLY COLLEGE, TAVISTOCK, AND FORMERLY FELIOW

OF St. John'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

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EDITOR'S PREFACE

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"EN years ago there was a great dearth, or almost

an absence, of Latin reading-books for young scholars. The lower forms in public schools went from Eutropius or Nepos to Caesar, and plodded through parts of the Gallic war at the rate of some twenty lines at a time. Caesar's long sentences are not easy for beginners; and interesting as his Commentaries are when read through rapidly, there is nothing in such broken fragments to stir or keep up that intelligent interest in the subjectmatter, which alone can make a boy care about what he is reading.

Feeling this difficulty in my own teaching, I suggested to some of my colleagues in the Middle School at Rugby, that while keeping the Caesar for the sake of Latin prose teaching, we should alternate with it some Stories from the Metamorphoses that could be read in five or six lessons, and would be sufficiently interesting to keep up a boy's attention. I was requested by them to make a selection and append to it such Notes as would be necessary; and the first seventeen of these Stories were published " for the use of Rugby School” in 1870. The book found favour in other schools, and in 1874 the Notes were revised, and the last

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