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EXAMINER IN GREEK TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
SOMETIME FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE
EDITED FOR THE SYNDICS OF THE UNIVERSITY PRESS
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS
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The Board of Classical Studies in the University of Cambridge have shown their desire to encourage the study of Plutarch's Parallel Lives in the original by selecting two of them within the last five years as the Greek Subject for one or other of the General Examinations. That of Nikias has been selected for the Previous Examination in 1888. There being no separate annotated edition of this Life, I have undertaken, at the request of the Syndics of the University Press, to prepare one for the use of students, as a companion volume to the Lives of the Gracchi and of Sulla, recently published under the same auspices.
I have continued the plan, adopted in these and other recent publications of mine, of endeavouring to satisfy the wants of students of different degrees of proficiency. Objections have been and will be made to such a plan, just as there will, in the nature of things, be divergences of opinion on the amount of assistance that should be given to students in editions of this kind. My judgment has been formed on considerable experience as a Teacher and Examiner; I have again and again found that, in translating an easy passage of a Greek Author, the majority of students show an ignorance of the meaning