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• MAY 1879
EDITED FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
JAMES S. REID, M.L.
EDITOR OF CICERO'S ACADEMICA, ETC.
Cambridge: DEIGHTON, BELL, AND CO.
This edition of the Laelius has been prepared on the same general plan as my editions of the speeches of Cicero for Archias and for Balbus, published a
The special aim of the notes is the thorough examination of the Latinity of the dialogue, but the elucidation of the subject-matter has not been neglected. In arranging the text, I have tried to weigh for myself the evidence affecting every variation, however slight. In a few instances I have found it necessary to adopt emendations of my own. These will all be found duly noticed in an Appendix on the text, which also contains remarks on other textual difficulties which could not conveniently be mentioned in the notes. In the explanatory notes as well as in forming the text, while I have worked out my own views independently, and hope to have been able to contribute something to the explanation of the dialogue, I have also compared my own conclusions with those of the most prominent scholars who have edited or explained the treatise. In particular I have to own my great obligations to the very elaborate edition of Seyffert, on whose foundation every subsequent editor has largely built, and
cditors in the future must continue to build. I have compared also my own notes throughout with those contained in the editions by Nauck and Lahmeyer. These editions have proved not nearly so useful as I expected from their very extensive circulation in Germany. My debts to them are acknowledged, each in its proper place, as are also my obligations to Nägelsbach and other writers on the Latin of Cicero. It may be well for me to state that I have no acquaintance with any English edition of the Laelius. I only heard of Mr Arthur Sidgwick's edition as forthcoming at a time when my own was far advanced.
I expect to have finished by Easter next my edition of the Cato maior (De Senectute). At that point my series of editions of Cicero's works must stop for a time, though I hope to add to it in future years,
JAMES S. REID.
GONVILLE AND CAIUS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,