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ÆNEID OF VIRGIL,
CHARLES ANTHON, LL.D.
JAY PROFESSOR OF THE GREEK AND LATIN LANGUAGES IN COLUMBIA COLLEGE,
NEW-YORK, AND RECTOR OF THE GRAMMAR-SCHOOL.
ADAPTED FOR USE IN ENGLISH SCHOOLS,
REV. F. METCALFE, M.A.
FELLOW OF LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD.
The reputation which Professor Anthon has already established for himself in this country, as a skilful critic, and elegant illustrator of the Latin Classics, renders it unnecessary for us to expatiate here on that subject. Suffice it, therefore, to remark, that the Æneid in no wise falls short of his previous works, for lucid exposition, happy rendering, and sedulous investigation of the meaning of his author.
The bulk, however, of the Transatlantic edition militated against its general introduction into this country, as a School-book ;-a difficulty which, it is hoped, has been removed by this Reprint. Those notes which appeared needlessly prolix and diffuse, have been curtailed; some altogether omitted; in order that room might still be left for the exercise of the student's ingenuity. The position of the notes has not been changed : for, although footnotes would have, doubtless, been more easy of reference, and, on that account, more valuable in the eyes of the adult scholar ; yet, at the same time, this alteration would not have been equally beneficial to the school-boy, for whom this Reprint is chiefly designed. The Editor has found, in his own experience, and believes that others will be ready to corroborate his opinion, that when the annotations are below the text, they are frequently neglected to be studied beforehand, a boy relying on his quickness of eye, at the moment of construing, for a knowledge of their contents. As they now stand, there is no longer this incentive to indolence. The Metrical Index has been retained, as it gives, at one glance, all the aberrations from the general rules of Prosody, which occur throughout the twelve books; but it has not been deemed requisite to insert the Index of Proper Names, as, with the Classical Dictionary at his elbow, the student will possess all the information he requires.
The present Editor has performed his task under the conviction that some service might be rendered to the cause of classical learning, by making a very excellent book more accessible to the rising youth of this country.
London, January, 1846.
The present volume contains merely the Æneid of Virgil, the Eclogues and Georgics having been reserved for a separate work. This arrangement will, it is presumed, be found an acceptable one to the student, since the Georgics are seldom read in our preparatory schools, but most commonly form part of a college course.
The text of the edition which is here offered to the public is based upon that of Heyne ; but in numerous instances changes of punctuation and new readings have been introduced from the latest and best authorities. The recent and excellent edition of Heyne, by Wagner, has been particularly followed ; and the Editor gladly avails himself of the opportunity of making this noble work better known to the American student.
* The notes accompanying the text have been made purposely copious, since Virgil is an author in the perusal of whom the young scholar stands in need of very frequent