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A HISTORY

OF

ROMAN CLASSICAL

LITERATURE.

BY

R. W. BROWNE, M. A., Ph. D.,

PREBENDARY OF ST. PAUL'S,
AND PROFESSOR OF CLASSICAL LITERATURE IN KING'S COLLEGE, LONDON.

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Meum semper judicium fuit, omnia nostros aut invenisse per se sapientius quam Græcos; aut
accepta ab illis fecisse meliora, quæ quidem digne statuissent in quibus elaborarent.

Cic. Tusc. Disp. I.

PHILADELPHIA:

BLANCH ARD AND LEA.

1853.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE ESTATE OF
EDWIN HALE ABBOT
DECEMBER 28, 1931

WM. S. YOUNG, PRINTER.

PREFACE.

The history of Roman Classical Literature, although it comprehends the names of many illustrious writers and many voluminous works, is, chronologically speaking, contained within narrow limits. Dating from its earliest infancy, until the epoch when it ceased to deserve the title of classical, its existence occupies a period of less than four centuries.

The imperial city had been founded for upwards of five hundred years without exhibiting more than those rudest germs of literary taste which are common to the most uncivilized nations, without producing a single author either in poetry or prose.

The Roman mind, naturally vigorous and active, was still uncultivated, when, about two centuries and a half before the Christian era,' conquest made the inhabitants of the capital acquainted, for the first time, with Greek science, art, and literature; and the last rays of classic taste and learning ceased to illumine the Roman world before the accession of the Antonines. ?

Such a history, however, must be introduced by a' reference to times of much higher antiquity. The

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B. C. 210; A. U. c. 514.

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A. D. 138; A. U. c. 891.

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