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The aim of the Publishers, in this edition of Horace, has been to meet the growing demand for Annotations on the Classics, in English. In the general estimate, the advantage of the scholar stands before the interest of the master. Latin notes can, it is obvious, in the work of instruction, be of utility only to the teacher—the learner, boy or man, is in no condition to reap the benefit of them; and boys, in particular, are too easily repulsed by difficulties, to force their way through so formidable an obstruction. It is notorious, indeed, that they scarcely ever make the attempt. There will still be teachers to deprecate this innovation upon established practice; but to advance to the unknown through the known is the dictate of common sense--as applicable in matters of mere language as of graver philosophy; and prejudices must give way to practical wisdom. The editor has condensed the substance of the
Delphin notes, together with those of subsequent critics, especially Doering. His one object has been to explain, and explain briefly, to the exclusion, on almost every occasion, of all discussion. Nor has he deemed it of any importance to assign authorities. In these matters all is common property, and, Apis Matinæ more modoque, he has gathered freely whatever seemed best calculated for the purpose.
Kensington, June, 1832.
Q. HORATII FLACCI
QUINTUS HORATIUS FLACCUS, Venusinus, patre, ut ipse quidem tradit, libertino, et exactionum coactore: ut verò creditum est, salsamentario: quum illi quidam in altercatione exprobrásset, Quoties ego vidi patrem tuum cubito se emungentem! Bello Philippensi excitus à M. Bruto Imperatore, Tribunus militum meruit : victisque partibus, venia impetratá, scriptum Quæstorium comparavit : ac primò Mæcenati, mox Augusto in gratiam insinuatus, non mediocrem in amborum amicitiá locum tenuit. Mæcenas quantoperè eum dilexerit, satis demonstratur illo Epigrammate,
Ni te visceribus meis, Horati,
Sed multò magis extremis, tali ad Augustum elogio: Horatii Flacci, ut mei, esto memor. Augustus Epistolarum quoque ei officium obtulit, ut hoc ad Mæcenatem scripto significat : Antè ipse sufficiebam scribendis epistolis amicorum : nunc occupatissimus et infirmus Horatium nostrum te cupio adducere. Veniet igitur ab istâ parasiticâ mensâ ad hanc regiam, et nos in epistolis scribendis adjuvabit. Ac ne recu