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CATENA CLASSICORUM,

A SERIES OF CLASSICAL AUTHORS, EDITED BY MEMBERS OF BOTH UNIVERSITIES UNDER

THE DIRECTION OF THE REV. ARTHUR HOLMES, M.A. FELLOW AND LECTURER OF CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, LECTURER AND LATE

FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE,

AND THE REV. CHARLES BIGG, M.A. LATE SENIOR STUDENT AND TUTOR OF CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD, SECOND

CLASSICAL MASTER OF CHELTENHAM COLLEGE, The following Parts have been already published:

SOPHOCLIS TRAGOEDIAE,
Edited by R. C. JEBB, M. A. Fellow and Assistant Tutor of Trinity

College, Cambridge.
[Part I. The Electra. 35. 6d. Part II. The Ajax. 35. 6d.

JUVENALIS SATIRAE,
Edited by G. A. Simcox, M. A Fellow and Classical Lecturer of
Queen's College, Oxford.

[Thirteen Satires. 35. 6d. THUCYDIDIS HISTORIA, Edited by CHARLES BIGG, M. A. late Senior Student and Tutor of

Christ Church, Oxford. Second Classical Master of Cheltenham College.

[Vol. I. Books I. and II. with Introductions. 6s. DEMOSTHENIS ORATIONES PUBLICAE, Edited by G. H. HESLOP, M. A. late Fellow and Assistant Tutor

of Queen's College, Oxford. Head Master of St. Bees.
[Parts I. & II. The Olynthiacs and the Philippics. 45. 6d.

ARISTOPHANIS COMOEDIAE,
Edited by W. C. GREEN, M. A. late Fellow of King's College,
Cambridge. Classical Lecturer at Queens' College.

[Part I. The Acharnians and the Knights. 45. [Part II. The Clouds. 35. 6d.

[Part III. The Wasps. 35. 6d.

ISOCRATIS ORATIONES, Edited by JOHN EDWIN SANDYS, B. A. Fellow and Lecturer of St. John's College, and Lecturer at Jesus College, Cambridge.

[Part I. Ad Demonicum et Panegyricus. 4s. 6d. A PERSII FLACCI SATIRARUM LIBER, Edited by A. PRETOR, M.A., of Trinity College, Cambridge,

Classical Lecturer of Trinity Hall. 35. 6d.

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CATENA CLASSICORUMOpinions of the Press.

Mr. Jebb's Sophocles. “The Introduction proves that Mr. concise and succinct style of English Jebb is something more than a mere annotation, forming the best substitute scholar, va man of real taste and for the time-honoured Latin notes which feeling. His criticism upon Schlegel's had so much to do with making good remarks on the Electra are, we believe, scholars in days of yore, Mr. Jebb new, and certainly just. As we have keeps a steady eye for all questions of often had occasion to say in this Review, grammar, construction, scholarship, and it is impossible to pass any reliable philology, and handles these as they criticism upon school-books until they arise with a helpful and sufficient prehave been tested by experience. The cision. In matters of grammar and notes, however, in this case appear to syntax his practice for the most part is be clear and sensible, and direct at- to refer his reader to the proper section tention to the points where attention is of Madvig's “Manual of Greek Synmost needed."-Westminster Review. tax :' nor does he ever waste space

“We have no hesitation in saying and time in explaining a construction, that in style and manner Mr. Jebb's unless it be such an one as is not satisnotes are admirably suited for their factorily dealt with in the grammars purpose. The explanations of gram- of Madvig or Jelf. Experience as a matical points are singularly lucid, the pupil and a teacher has probably taught parallel passages generally well chosen, him the value of the wholesome task the translations bright and graceful, of hunting out a grammar reference the analysis of arguments terse and for oneself, instead of finding it, handy luminous. Mr. Jebb has clearly shown for slurring, over, amidst the hundred that he possesses some of the qualities and one pieces

information in a most essential for a commentator. voluminous foot-note. But whenever Spectator.

there occurs any peculiarity of conIf, as we are fain to believe, the struction, which is hard to reconcile editors of the Catena Classicorum to the accepted usage, it is Mr. Jebb's have got together such a pick of general practice to be ready at hand scholars as have no need to play their with manful assistance."--Contempobest card first, there is a bright promise

rary Review. of success to their series in the first "Mr. Jebb has produced a work sample of it which has come to hand which will be read with interest and

-Mr. Jebb’s ‘Electra.' We have seen profit by the most advanced scholar, it suggested that it is unsafe to pro- as it contains, in a compact form, not nounce on the merits of a Greek Play only a careful summary of the labours edited for educational purposes until it of preceding editors, but also many has been tested in the hands of pupils acute and ingenious original remarks. and tutors. But our examination of the We do not know whether the matter instalment of, we hope, a complete or the manner of this excellent com

Sophocles,' which Mr. Jebb has put mentary is deserving of the higher forth, has assured us that this is a praise : the skill with which Mr. Jebb needless suspension of judgment, and has avoided, on the one hand, the prompted us to commit the justifiable wearisome prolixity of the Germans, rashness of pronouncing upon its con- and on the other the jejune brevity of tents, and of asserting after due perusal the Porsonian critics, or the versatility that it is calculated to be admirably which has enabled him in turn serviceable to every class of scholars elucidate the plots, to explain the and learners. And this assertion is verbal difficulties, and to illustrate the based upon the fact that it is a by no idioms of his author. All this, by a means one-sided edition, and that it studious economy of space and a relooks as with the hundred eyes of markable precision of expression, he Argus, here, there, and every where, to has done for the 'Ajax' in a volume keep the reader from straying. In a of some 200 pages.”-Athenæum.

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CATENA CLASSICORUM-Opinions of the Press.

Mr. Simcox's Juvenal. Of Mr. Simcox's ' Juvenal' we can satires, and the manuscripts."- Atheonly speak in terms of the highest commendation, as a simple, unpretending “This is a very original and enwork, admirably adapted to the wants joyable Edition of one of our favourite of the school-boy or of a college pass- classics.”-Spectator. man. It is clear, concise, and scru- “Every class of readers- those who pulously honest in shirking no real use Mr. Simcox as their sole interdifficulty. The pointed epigrammatic preter, and those who supplement hits of the satirist are every where well larger editions by his concise matter brought out, and the notes really are - will alike find interest and careful what they profess to be, explanatory in research in his able Preface. This the best sense of the term." London indeed we should call the great feature Review.

of his book. The three facts which “This is a link in the Catena Classi- sum up Juvenal's history so far as we corum to which the attention of our know it are soon despatched; but the readers has been more than once di- internal evidence both as to the dates rected as a good Series of Classical of his writing and publishing his Saworks for School and College purposes. tires, and as to his character as a The Introduction is a very comprehen- writer, occupy some fifteen or twenty sive and able account of Juvenal, his pages, which will repay methodical

study." - Churchman.

Mr. Bigg's Thucydides.

“Mr. Bigg in his 'Thucydides' prefixes an analysis to each book, and an admirable introduction to the whole work, containing full information as to all that is known or related of Thucydides, and the date at which he wrote, followed by a very masterly critique on some of his characteristics as a writer." -Atheneum.

“While disclaiming absolute originality in his book, Mr. Bigg has so thoroughly digested the works of so many eminent predecessors in the same field, and is evidently on terms of such intimacy with his author as perforce to inspire confidence. A well-pondered and well-written introduction has formed a part of each link in the Catena hitherto published, and Mr. Bigg, in addition to a general introduction, has given us an essay on 'Some Characteristics of Thucydides,' which no one can read without being impressed

with the learning and judgment brought to bear on the subject."--Standard.

We need hardly say that these books are carefully edited; the reputation of the editor is an assurance on this point. If the rest of the history is edited with equal care, it must become the standard book for school and college purposes.”—John Bull.

Mr. Bigg first discusses the facts of the life of Thucydides, then passes to an examination into the date at which Thucydides wrote ; and in the third section expatiates on some characteristics of 'Thucydides. These essays are remarkably well written, are judicious in their opinions, and are calculated to give the student much insight into the work of Thucydides, and its relation to his own times, and to the works of subsequent historians."Museum.

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Mr. Heslop's Demosthenes. “The usual introduction has in this “We must call attention to New case been dispensed with. The reader Editions of various classics, in the is referred to the works of Grote and excellent Catena Classicorum series, Thirlwall for information on such

The reputation and high standing of the points of history as arise out of these editors are the best guarantees for the famous orations, and on points of accuracy and scholarship of the notes." critical scholarship, to. Madvig's -Westminster Review. Grammar, where that is available, “The notes are thoroughly good, so while copious acknowledgments are far as they go. Mr. Heslop has caremade to those commentators on whose fully digested the best foreign comworks Mr. Heslop has based his own. mentaries, and his notes are for the most Mr. Heslop's editions are, however, part judicious extracts from them.” -no mere compilations. That the points Museum. required in an oratorical style differ “The annotations are scarcely less to materially from those in an historical be commended for the exclusion of style, will scarcely be questioned, and superfluous matter than for the excelaccordingly we find that Mr. Heslop lence of what is supplied. Well-known has given special care to those cha- works are not quoted, but simply reracteristics of style as well as of lan- ferred to, and information which ought guage, which constitute Demosthenes to have been previously acquired is the very first of classic orators.”— omitted."-Athenæum. Standard

Mr. Sandy's Isocrates. Isocrates has not received the Ad Demonicum is very easy Greek. attention to which the simplicity of It is good Greek And it is reading of his style and the purity of his Attic a healthy nature for boys. The praclanguage entitle him as a means of

tical wisdom of the Greeks is in many education. Now that we have so ad- respects fitted to the capacities of boys; mirable an edition of two of his Works and if books containing this wisdom are best adapted for such a purpose, there read in schools, along with others of a will no longer be any excuse for this historical and poetical nature, they will neglect. For carefulness and thorough- be felt to be far from dry. Then the ness of editing, it will bear comparison Editor has done every thing that an with the best, whether English or editor should do. We have a series of foreign. Besides an ample supply of short introductory essays; on the style exhaustive notes of rare excellence, of Isocrates, on the text, on the Ad we find in it valuable remarks on the Demonicum, and on the Panegyricus, style of Isocrates and the state of the These are characterized by sound sense, text, a table

various readings, a list wide and thorough learning, and the of editions, and a special introduction capability of presenting thoughts clearly to each piece. As in other editions of and well.”-Museum. this series, short summaries of the * By editing Isocrates Mr. Sandys argument are inserted in suitable does good service to students and places, and will be found of great teachers of Greek Prose He places service to the student. The commen- in our hands in a convenient form an tary embraces explanations of difficult author who will be found of great use passages, with instructive remarks on in public schools, where he has been grammatical usages, and the deriva- hitherto almost unknown.... Mr. tion and meanings of words illus- Sandys worthily sustains as a comtrated by quotations and references." mentator the name which he has -Athenæum.

already won. The historical notes are “ This Work deserves the warmest good, clear, and concise ; the gramwelcome for several reasons. In the matical notes scholar-like and practifirst place, it is an attempt to introduce cally useful. Many will be welcome Isocrates into our schools, and this alike to master and pupil.”—Cambridge attempt deserves encouragement. The University Gazette.

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Mr. Green's Aristophanes. “Mr. Green has discharged his part and lucid, and the volume will be found of the work with uncommon skill and useful for school and college purposes, ability. The notes show a thorough and admirably adapted for private study of the two Plays, an independent reading."- Examiner. judginent in the interpretation of the "Mr. Green furnishes an excellent poct, and a wealth of illustration, froin Introduction to The Clouds' of which the Editor draws whenever it is Aristophanes, explaining the circumnecessary."--Museum.

stances under which it was produced, “Mr. Green's admirable Introduction and ably discussing the probable object to 'The Clouds' of the celebrated of the author in writing it, which he comic poet deserves a careful perusal, considers to have been to put down as it contains an accurate analysis and the Sophists, a class whom Aristomany original comments on this re- phanes thought dangerous to the morals markable play The text is prefaced of the community, and therefore caby a table of readings of Dindorf and ricatured in the person of Socrates,Meineke, which will be of

not unnaturally, though irreverently, to students who wish to indulge in choosing him as their representative." verbal criticism. The notes are copious --Athenæum.

Mr. Pretor's Persius. “This is one of the ablest editions varying interpretations of previous published in the Catena Classicorum editors. The bulk of his commentary under the superintendence of Mr. is from Jahn; and if we were disposed Holmes and Mr. Bigg. Mr Pretor to object, we should say that some porhas adopted in his edition a plan which tion of the matter he has transferred he de ends on a general principle, but to his pages might as well have been which has really its true defence in the omitted To explain Persius - satisspecial peculiarities of his author. Mr. factorily, i.e. to make him really Pretor has given his readers trans- intelligible, it is necessary rather to lations of almost all the difficult pas- keep before the reader the thread of sages. We think he has done so wisely the story, and to point out the less in this case ; for the allusions and con- obvious, because purposely obscured, structions are so obscure that help is allusions and the sudden changes of absolutely necessary:

He has also the characters in the dialogues, than been particularly full in his notes. He to dwell too much on the explanation has thought and written with great of the words. If the satires of Persius independence. He has used every are difficult, they are also very short ; means to get at the meaning of his and the more a commentary can be author. He has gone to many sources kept within reasonable limits, the more for illustration, And altogether he has willing students will try to master the produced what we may fairly regard matter. All that can be required by as the best edition of Persius in Eng- the student of Persius, including an lish."-Museum.

elaborate introduction, a preliminary “In undertaking to edit for the exposition of each satire, and a very Catena Classicorum an author SO copious index verborum, is now comobscure as Persius confessedly is, Mr. pressed in a volume of less than 150 Pretor has boldly grappled with a pages. It is a most useful book, and most difficult task. He has, however, will be welcome in proportion as such performed it very well, because he has edition was really very much begun, as his Introduction shows, by wanted. The good sense and sound making himself thoroughly acquainted judgment shown by the editor on conwith the mind and temper-a suff- troverted points give promise of ex. ciently cynical one--of the poet, and cellent literary work in future underthus laying a good basis for his judg- takings of the like kind.”_Cambridge ment on the conflicting opinions and University Gazette.

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