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The following stories, or “historical novelettes” (see Introduction), are here reprinted by the kind permission of their author, Professor Riehl of Munich, and of the publishers, the well-known firm of Messrs Cotta of Stuttgart, to whom I desire to make due acknowledgment of my obligations.
The appearance of a work in a modern language, annotated on a scale so extensive as the present, will probably be a matter of some surprise. This will hardly be diminished when it is found to be an edition, not of a difficult classic, but of a series of narrative sketches by a popular though learned writer of the present day. Some explanation therefore of its purpose and character may not seem uncalled for.
In the first place, the book is intended for students, in the proper sense of the term. It is more especially meant to meet their requirements in the earlier (though not the very earliest) stages of a course of study similar in scope and character to that passed through by students of Greek and Latin who aim at becoming good classical scholars. It is hoped that it may be found useful in the preparatory course of candidates who intend to take