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of youth. The word Fasti originally signified the Days on which the law-courts were open, and ordinary business was transacted; next, the Tables in which such days were noted; in Ovid, the meaning is extended to the origin of religious rites and ceremonies, festivals and sacrifices; the dedications of temples, and other memorable events indicated in the Calendar of the Roman year; connected also with the sun's course in the zodiac, and with the rising and setting of the stars; a design which he has thus compendiously expressed in the opening lines of the Poem :
"Tempora cum causis Latium digesta per annum,
The Poet has interspersed these dry details with beautiful descriptions of nature, of rural scenery, and of primitive simplicity; with poetical fictions, mythological fables, and historical traditions. The selection now made from this source will, it is presumed, serve as a pleasing variety in the early stage of Latin reading, and furnish a suitable model for the first efforts in Elegiac verse. A few brief and explanatory notes have been subjoined; but the learner has been directed to consult his Classical Dictionary for information connected with proper names.
Prodigies attending the Death of Cæsar. Neglect of Agri-
ENEIS, B. X.
FASTI, B. III.