The Bucolics and the First Eight Books of the Aeneid of Vergil: With Notes and a Vergilian Dictionary (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Jun 25, 2016 - Drama - 668 pages
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Ribbeck, * in common with other recent critics, has repro duced or aimed to reproduce in the orthography of his text the diversity and inconsistency exhibited in the manuscripts. For, as the old English writers, so also the Latin authors and copyists, were often at variance with themselves in the spelling of words. But though such exact representations of the varia ble and unsettled orthography of the language are of much in terest and importance in critical philology, and in what is called the pathology of a language, it is obvious that for the general reader and for school purposes the text should be as uniform and consistent as possible.

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