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JAY-PROFESSOR OF THE GREEK AND LATIN LANGUAGES IN COLUMBIA COLLEGE,
GRIFFIN AND CO., GLASGOW; CUMMING AND FERGUSON, DUBLIN.
WHATEVER may be the real intrinsic value of the American series of Latin School Classics, edited by Professor ANTHON, they have at all events met with a degree of attention in this country, equal, if not superior, to that which they have received in his own. Indeed it will not be denied that in fulness of interpretation the editor has far outstripped the generality of his predecessors; though it is not so clear that his expositions are always correct: and it may well be doubted whether the trouble spared to the teacher, rather than the benefit derived by the learner, does not lie at the foundation of his success. In his edition of the ENEÏD, the peculiar advantages and defects, which characterize his former volumes, are more than usually apparent. He has done both too much and too little :-too much, in the literal translation of almost every line of the poem, so that nothing is left to exercise the diligence and ingenuity of the pupil; and too little, in the scanty supply of verbal and syntactical illustration, whereby an acquaintance with