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Phædrus, Manilius if, as conjectured, of the Augustan age, Paterculus, Quintus Curtius, whose period of existence, however, is not accurately fixed, Pliny the elder, Silius Italicus, Martial and Statius. A considerable portion of the productions of these writers is extant. Nepos and Phædrus are unrivalled in elegance and simplicity. Curtius is spirited and interesting. Pliny has amassed information of the most varied kind, both curious and interesting. Silius, though occasionally elegant and accurate in description, is tame and nerveless. Statius, bold, energetic and frequently sublime, has not yet had justice done him, for, though sometimes tumid, unnatural, and gigantic in his imagery, his Thebaid is upon the whole, a work of considerable genius. In his Sylvœ, of which five books are extant, are many very beautiful and highly pleasing poems.

Of the authors posterior to the age

of Quiutilian and his friends Tacitus and Pliny, little in the way of commendation can be said. The expiring genius of Rome seemed to revive in the writings of Claudian and Boethius, and criticism and biography still preserved their

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lustre in the compositions of Aulus Gellius and Suetonius. On the Epitomisers, Florus, , Justin, Eutropius and Victor, being devoid of all claim to originality, it is altogether unnecessary to dwell; history indeed, except in the pages of Marcellinus, seems to have been nearly extinct; a total want of energy and genius characterized Europe at this period, and shortly afterwards Ferocity and Ignorance overturned the ancient temple of the Muses.

Sudden the Goth and Vandal, dreaded names,
Rush as the breach of waters, whelming all
Their domes, their villa's; down the festive piles,
Down fall their Parian porches, gilded baths,
And roll before the storm in clouds of dust.

Vain end of human strength, of human skill,
Conquest, and triumph, and domain, and

pomp, And ease and luxury! O luxury, Bane of elated life, of affluent states, What dreary change, what ruin is not thine? How doth thy bowl intoxicate the mind! To the soft entrance of thy rosy cave How dost thou lure the fortunate and great! Dreadful attraction! while behind thee gapes Th' unfathomable gulph where Ashur lies O'erwhelm'd, forgotten; and high-boasting Cham;

And Elam's haughty pomp; and Beauteous

Greece; And the great queen of earth, Imperial Rome.


I now proceed to marshal the authors of. Rome on the same plan I have adopted with regard to their predecessors of Greece, and I flatter myself these tables, giving at once a direct and clear view of the present state of ancient literature, will prove strongly illustrative of the object of my papers.

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Compositions Preserved.

Compositions Lost,




Varro Attacinus.

Bucolics, Georgics, Æ- Some juvenile pieces. neid,

His poem on the Ruins
of Troy and his other

Six books De Natura

His Argonautica and

his poem De Bello
Tragedies, Comedies,
Satires, Annals of

Rome, Scipio.
Heroides, Tristia, De Medea a Tragedy, bis

Arte Amandi, De books of the Fasti.

Amorum, Metamor-
phoses, Fasti &c. &c.

His epic on the Sicilian War and many



Cornelius Severus.

smaller poems.

Valerius Flaccus.

Saleius Bassus.
Pedo Albinovanus.

Cornelius Gallus.

Eight books of the Ar-

His entire works.
His poem on Augustus.

An heroic poem.
His Pharsalia in ten Several juvenile poems

Four books of Elegies.
Four books of Elegies.

His Elegies.

Thirty Satires.
Five books of Odes, A few Odes.
Two of Satires, Two
of Epistles, De Arte
Six Satires.
Sixteen Satires.

Several Satires,


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ric poems. Lyric poems.


Casius Bassus.

Tragedies, Comedies

and Annals in verse. Pacuvius.

Tragedies, Satires. Varius.

Tragedies. Pomponius Secundus

Tragedies. Plautus.

Nineteen Comediès. Six Comedies.

Thirty Comedies.
Six Comedies.

One hundred and two

Comedies. Afranius.

His Comedies. Sallust.

Bellum Catilinarium, Six books of Roman

BellunJugurthinum. History.
Thirty - five books of One hundred and five
his History.

books. Servilius Novianus.

His entire works. Bassus Aufidius.

History of the Ger

manic War, Tacitus.

Five books of History, Fourteen books of An

Sixteen of Annals, nals and History.
De Moribus Germa-
norum, Vita Agri-

colæ. Cicero.

Fifty - nine Orations, Many Orations, Thir-
Thirty-six books of

ty-two books of Epis-
Epistles, De Inventi-

tles, Oeconomica e one lib. ii. De Ora.

Xenophonte lib. iii.
tore lib.iii. De Claris

Protagoras ex Plato-
Oratoribus, Orator, ne, De Republica lib.
Topica, De optimo vi. De Jure Civili, De
genere Oratorum, A-

Auguriis, De Philo-
cademicarum Quæs- sophia, Laus Catonis,

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