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SELECTIONS FROM OVID
JAMES N. ANDERSON, M. A., Ph.D.
Author of “On the Sources of Ovid's Heroides"
This book is designed primarily to serve as an introduction to Latin poetry, for which Ovid seems to be peculiarly well adapted because his style is comparatively easy and his subject matter interesting.
The text of the Metamorphoses is in the main that of Magnus (1896). The Heroides were printed from the critical edition of Sedlmayer (1886). In certain cases I have not hesitated to deviate from these editions in favor of a reading that seemed to be better. Where it seemed desirable to explain these changes more fully, I have done so in the Commentary or in the Critical Notes at the end of the Commentary.
In the Commentary I have endeavored to give all the information necessary to an intelligent reading of the text, without the addition of extraneous matter unsuitable for those students for whom the book is intended. At the same time, remembering that the place of Ovid in College curricula is not yet fixed and that many read him in more advanced classes, I have tried to prepare an edition which might be profitably used by that class of students also.
The Proverbs and Short Selections at the close of the text have been added, not only for their own intrinsic merit but also to afford material for sight translation where the teacher may find it desirable.
The Commentary on the second part has been made as full as that on the first part, so that teachers who feel so disposed may begin with the Heroides instead of the Metamorphoses.
All the most important editions have been consulted in the preparation of this edition. For the Metamorphoses, the editions of Magnus (1896), Harder (1897), Meuser-Egen (1896), Siebelis-Polle (1888), and Haupt were found most useful. For the Heroides, I have drawn most from Palmer (2d ed., 1898), Schuckburgh (1879), and Loers (1829). For the Vocabulary, I am under especial obligations to Siebelis-Polle (1893) and Peters (1894).
Acknowledgments are due to Professors Gildersleeve and Lodge, the editors-in-chief of this series, for their assistance in reading the proof and for various suggestions in the Commentary.
JAMES N. ANDERSON. WILLIAMSTON, S. C., May 15, 1899.