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The text of Oehler
Annotated, with an Introduction, by
JOHN E. B. MAYOR, M.A.
Professor of Latin in the University of Cambridge
With a translation by
ALEX. SOUTER, B.A.
Regius Professor of Humanity in the University of Aberdeen
HE late Professor John E. B. Mayor, during his tenure of the professorship of Latin at Cambridge, frequently lectured on the Apology of Tertullian in the Divinity Schools. About the year 1892 he wrote out his notes in a copy of Oehler's earlier edition (Halle, 1849), that had been interleaved with sheets of paper about twice the size of the pages of the book itself. These notes were added to from time to time down to the year 1907, if not later, and they formed the matter of his lectures. Already in 1893 he began to publish them in The Journal of Philology, but the publication never went beyond the end of the fifth chapter.
After his death on December 1, 1910, his executors considered the advisability of publishing the whole of the notes, and honoured me with the request to edit them for publication. I had heard the lectures throughout two or more terms of my undergraduate period at Cambridge, and had been profoundly influenced by them. I therefore felt it binding on me to suspend my own work and perform this act of pietas.
The executors first arranged with Mr E. S. Payne of Clifton, Bristol, for a copy of the notes as a basis for the proposed publication. Though the Professor's handwriting is beautifully clear, it is at the same time so microscopic that this was no light task to perform. Mr Payne also verified many of the references, and appended a number of useful remarks on the notes themselves.
It may be at once admitted that only the Professor himself, or some one equally learned, could edit these notes in a satisfactory manner. I am fully conscious of my own unfitness for the task, which has been very heavy. I have felt it necessary to compare Mr Payne's copy with the original MS, in which work I received valued help from the friend of thirty years, Mr James Taylor of the Aberdeen Centre for the Training of Teachers; but this is only part of what was required. I have had to put the notes in correct sequence, to reduce to order the somewhat chaotic state of the references and quotations within the notes themselves, to supply references never filled.