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London: C. J. CLAY AND SON, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS WAREHOUSE,
AVE MARIA LANE.
Cambridge: DEIGHTON, BELL AND CO.
Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS.
P. VERGILI MARONIS
LIBRI I. II.
EDITED WITH ENGLISH NOTES
A. SIDGWICK, M.A.
FELLOW AND TUTOR OF CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD.
This Edition, being prepared for the use of those Students who are not far advanced in Latin, does not aim at doing more than supplying in a small compass such help to the thorough knowledge of this book as it is probable would be most useful to them. It is not intended to supply the place of a dictionary: for all students possess one, and derive much benefit from its careful use, both in becoming acquainted with the history of meanings of words, and also in the exercise of that judgment which is required to select the right meaning. On the other hand historical and mythical allusions are explained in the notes, as many students might find it difficult to make them out otherwise. Great care also has been taken to notice all the grammatical usages which might offer any difficulty, and to classify them clearly, and to enable the learner, by means of an Index, to compare similar usages and distinguish those that are different. Attention has been given, too, to Vergil's licences and peculiarities of expression, which help him so much in producing rhetorical and poetical effects. Further, in several of the harder passages and phrases, an attempt has been made to help the student in translation : for while few ancient writers are so difficult as Vergil to translate at all adequately, it is at the same time of the utmost importance, both to the literary appreciation of his poetry, and the advantage to be derived from reading it, that great pains should be given to translation and a high standard aimed at.