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No ancient writer has been so thoroughly subjected to all kinds of criticism as Horace. The number of those who, in ancient and nodern times, have published editions of his whole works, or of detached portions, is so great, that the mere enumeration of them would require a volume. We might suppose at first glance that all the aids which can be desired in regard to an ancient author-grammarians, manuscripts, and commentatorsexist in rich abundance for Horace; and yet, upon a closer examination, we find that much still remains to be done. Two ancient grammarians have left commentaries on Horacenamely, Helenius Acron and Pomponius Porphyrion. They lived towards the close of the fifth century after Christ; but their scholia, as they have come down to us, are to a great extent mixed up with later comments. Besides these, Jacob Cruquius, in his edition (Antwerp, 1578), has made up an ancient commentary from the marginal notes of four Codices Blandiniani, so called from the Blandin monastery on the Blandin Hill, in Ghent. These ancient scholia are not so good as those which we possess on some other writers; but they are useful on account of the interesting and valuable information which they contain regarding persons mentioned by Horace, particularly in the Satires, and which these commentators had extracted from earlier books de personis Horatianis. Consequently, in every edition of the poet they must be mentioned and made use of.
There are more than two hundred manuscripts of Horace in existence, some of them very good. The above-mentioned Blandiniani, made use of by Cruquius, were particularly excellent, but are now lost. Only a few of the others have been thoroughly collated ; and it is matter of astonishment that, notwithstand. ing the number of editions, a text of the Horatian poems, really founded on the manuscripts, and critically amended, is still a desideratum. The first who published an edition of Horace with a commentary was Christophorus Landinus (Florence, 1482); and after him many learned men directed their attention to the explanation of Horace's language and allusions, till the time of Richard Bentley, whose first edition was published at Cambridge in 1711. Bentley, by this edition, established his fame as a decided genius in criticism. He altered the text of Horace in about eight hundred passages, osten according to the readings of manuscripts (for he had many, and some were excellent); often also, however, upon simple conjecture. More modern critics have perceived that many of Bentley's corrections were not what the poet wrote, but merely what he might have written. But even in his unsuccessful emendations, he has afforded to later critics and commentators rich and interesting materials for debate, from which none has been able to escape. In the present edition, considering that it is intended chiefly for schools, we have seldom mentioned Bentley's name; but in many cases we have been unable to refrain from touching, generally in a very few words, upon points about which he has raised controversies. The direction that the criticism on Horace has taken since Bentley's time is the poetico-aesthetic, the character of which is best developed in Mitscherlich's somewhat diffuse, but yet erudite and judicious edition of the Odes (Leipzig, 1800.) Very recently, Jo. Casp. Orelli-whose third edition bas appeared in the year 1850-has endeavoured to combine the explanatory and aesthetic style of commentary with a new critical recension. We have taken his text as the basis of ours; paying careful regard, however, both to former editions of all Horace's works, and also to the numerous editions of detached portions of them; among which L. F. Heindorf's edition of the Satires (Second, Leipzig, 1843) deserves particular notice,
The present edition contains nearly all the poems of Horace, those only having been excluded which cannot be made use of for educational purposes. The commentary was begun by Professor C. G. Zumpt. He died, however, without completing more than the notes on the Epodes. The remainder the undersigned has endeavoured to execute in bis father's spirit.
A. W. ZUMPT.
BERLIN, November 30, 1850.