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JOHN CONINGTON, M. A.
LATE CORPUS PROFESSOR OF LATIN IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD;
CONTAINING THE FIRST SIX BOOKS OF THE AENEID.
FOURTH EDITION, REVISED, WITH CORRECTED ORTHOGRAPHY
HENRY NETTLESHIP, M.A.
CORPUS PROFESSOR OF LATIN LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.
WHITTAKER & CO., AVE MARIA LANE;
GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION.
THIS volume has not undergone a thorough revision since Mr. Conington's death, after which a second edition was published with such additions and corrections as had been inserted by Mr. Conington himself. The reprint was revised by Mr. Long and myself. The editors corrected a few errors, and inserted also a few notes which had been sent to Mr. Conington by the Rev. Mr. Backhouse, of Felsted School, Essex.
The third edition, published in 1876, was merely a reprint of the second. For the fourth edition I have dealt with the volume as with the first and third, recasting the Latin orthography, adding a great number of notices of manuscript variants, correcting and re-writing the notes where this appeared to be necessary, and altering the references to Pliny and Catullus as in the other volumes. All notes added by myself are marked by my initials. [H. N.]
Fourteen years have elapsed since this volume was last revised, and it is not surprising, considering the advances which have been recently made in Latin scholarship, that much has had to be done in the way of addition and correction. Besides revising the notes, which has been a matter of considerable labour, I have added to the volume an essay, formerly published in the Journal of Philology, on the story of Aeneas' wanderings, and two short papers on the relation of the Aeneid to the Epic Cycle, and on the evidence to be gathered from ancient authors as to the
composition of the Aeneid. At the end of the commentary on the second Aeneid I have inserted a short excursus on the question of Virgil's alleged debt to Pisander.
I have carefully read the commentaries of Servius and Tiberius Donatus and the Verona Scholia,1 and added from them and from other sources a considerable number of new notes to Conington's commentary. I have occasionally obtained some new light from glossaries. The abbreviations Gloss. Labb. and Gloss. Amplon. denote respectively the glosses collected by Labbé, and published after his death by Ducange, as printed in Valpy's Stephanus and the glossaries in the Amplonian library at Erfurt, edited by Oehler in the Neue Jahrbücher Suppl., Band 13 (1847). Thilo has conferred a great boon upon scholars by the publication of the first instalments of his new edition of Servius, which will, I hope, be speedily completed. Of this work I have spoken at length in the twentieth number of the Journal of Philology.
I have consulted Dr. Henry's Aeneidea throughout, with the greatest pleasure and profit.
1 See vol. i. (fourth edition), pp. xcix-cvii.
2 See Preface to vol. iii. (third edition), p. vii.