« AnteriorContinuar »
^INEID OF VIRGIL,
CHARLES ANTHON, LL.D.,
PROFESSOR OF GREEK AND LATIN IN COLUMBIA COLLEGE, AND
J. R. MAJOR, D.D.,
HEAD MASTER OF KING'S COLLEGE SCHOOL,
PREFACE TO THE REPRINT.
Having been favoured, by the kindness of Professor Anthon, with a copy of his edition of Virgil, soon after its appearance in America, I considered, upon examination of it, that I should be rendering an acceptable service by placing it in the hands of the English reader. All the works of that accurate and indefatigable scholar have acquired a deservedly high reputation in this as well as in their own country. By diligent research and judicious condensation, he has brought within reach of the classical student many sources of information and of interest which would otherwise have been inaccessible to him. He has thus shown that the study of the ancient authors need not be confined, even in beginners, to the narrow track of mere verbal analysis; but may be extended over the wide field of history and geography, antiquities, philology, criticism, and many kindred subjects.
This has been acknowledged to be the case in Professor Anthon's edition of Horace, and will be found equally so in that of Virgil, which contains the substance of many commentators, and particularly of the most elaborate, Heyne and Wagner. While, however, all that could tend to explain or illustrate the text has been retained, I have