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WILLIAM T. PECK, D.Sc.
PRINCIPAL OF THE CLASSICAL HIGH SCHOOL, PROVIDENCE, R.I.
GINN & COMPANY, PUBLISHERS
The Athenæum Press
THIS book conforms to the general plan of the series of School Classics. A limited portion of the Metamorphoses has been selected, with the expectation that other volumes will follow, thus enabling the teacher at different times to read from various parts of the poem. Some omissions have been made in the first and second books of passages not adapted for reading in the secondary schools, but not in sufficient amount to render obscure the continuity of the work. This important matter is also helped by a brief summary in English of the omitted passages.
While certain schools with a long course in Latin read from twenty-five hundred to three thousand lines of Ovid, there are many others that can read but fifteen hundred lines. Some model programs and reports call for the latter number. This book, therefore, has been made to contain fifteen hundred lines by the addition of Ovid's Autobiography, which not only serves as a basis for the study of Ovid's life, but also introduces the student to the elegiac pentameter.