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CONTAINING SELECTIONS FROM
OVID, VIRGIL, AND HORACE,
WITH NOTES AND GRAMMATICAL REFERENCES.
J. H. HANSON,
PRINCIPAL OF THE CLASSICAL INSTITUTE, WATERVILLE, ME.
w. J. ROLFE,
MASTER OF THE HIGH SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by
J. H. HANSON AND W. J. ROLFE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
UNIVERSITY Press : Welch, Bigelow, & Co.,
This book owes its existence to a popular demand. Soon after the publication of the Preparatory Latin Prose Book, the editor of that work began to be solicited by teachers in various parts of the country to prepare a book of Latin Poetry on the same plan. It was not, however, until these solicitations had become general and urgent, that the idea of undertaking the preparation of such a work was seriously entertained.
In the arrangement of the text, the editors have followed what they conceive to be the order of difficulty, so far as it relates to the authors themselves, and therefore the order in which they should be severally studied ; but in respect to the portions selected from each author, the arrangement found in most school editions has been followed. The advantages, in a classical and educational point of view, of reading an author comparatively easy, like Ovid, before taking poetry so difficult as that of Virgil and Horace, will not be overlooked by those who are desirous of finding and pursuing the best methods.
In the selection of materials, the aim has been to combine variety, interest, and utility. Accordingly, something — and that the portion deemed most interesting and profitable — has been drawn from every field in which our authors had distinguished themselves. In all cases, however, except the Metamorphoses of Ovid, entire poems or books have been taken. This course was preferred, not only as giving a completer view of the poem consid