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CHARACTERS OF THEOPHRASTUS
AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION
FROM A REVISED TEXT
WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES
R. C. JEBB, M.A.
FELLOW AND ASSISTANT-TUTOR OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,
AND PUBLIC ORATOR OF THE UNIVERSITY.
London and Cambridge :
[All Rights reserved.]
At a time when the desire to see ancient life more vividly on every side from which it can illustrate our own is perhaps the strongest with which the classics are widely read, it seems possible that the Characters of Theophrastus may have some general interest. To Englishmen who do not read Greek they are probably best known through the French translation of La Bruyère. In an edition of the Characters published in 1852 the Rev. J. G. Sheppard mentions an English translation by Mr F. Howell (1824), and another by Mr H. Galley, of which he does not give the date, But he does not speak of either with approbation; and I have not been able to learn that there is any other.
The first object of my book is to make these