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FOR some long time past it has been widely felt that a reduction in the cost of Classical Works used in schools generally, and more especially in those intended for boys of the middle classes, is at once desirable and not difficult of accomplishment. For the most part only portions of authors are read in the earlier stages of education, and a pupil is taken from one work to another in each successive half-year or term; so that a book needlessly large and proportionably expensive is laid aside after a short and but partial use.
In order, therefore, to meet what is certainly a want, Portions of the Classical Writers usually read in Schools are now being issued under the title of GRAMMAR SCHOOL. TEXTS; while, at the request of various Masters, it has been determined to add to the series some of the Gospels in Greek. Each TEXT is provided with a VOCABULARY of the words occurring in it. In every case the
origin of a word, when known, is stated at the commencement of the article treating of it, if connected with another Latin, or Greek, word; at the end of it, if derived from any other source. Further still, the primary or etymological meaning is always given, within inverted commas, in Roman type, and so much also of each word's history as is needful to bring down its chain of meanings to the especial force, or forces, attaching to it in the particular “Text.”
Moreover, as an acquaintance with the principles of GRAMMAR, as well as with ETYMOLOGY, is necessary to the understanding of a language, such points of construction as seem to require elucidation are concisely explained under the proper articles, or a reference is simply made to that rule in the Public Schools Latin Primer, or in Parry's Elementary Greek Grammar, which meets the particular difficulty.
It occasionally happens, how.. ever, that more information is needed than can be gathered from the above-named works. When such is the case, whatever is requisite is supplied, in substance, from Jelf's Greek Grammar, or the Latin Grammars of Zumpt and Madvig.
LONDON January, 1875.
1-4. Introduction.-5. Catiline's character.-6—13. Origin of the Roman nation. Political and social condition of the Romans from the arrival of Æneas in Italy to the time immediately antecedent to Catiline's conspiracy. -14. Catiline surrounds himself with men of abandoned character and desperate fortune. His mode of gaining ascendancy over young men.-15. His licentious early life and personal appearance.-16. Moulds the youth around him to his purposes. Calculating on them as his ready tools, and being overwhelmed with debt, forms the design of overthrowing the Republic.-17. Assembles his associates. The younger men everywhere favourable to his design. Crassus believed to be privy to it.-18. Previous conspiracy of Piso, Centronius, and Catiline.— 19. Piso sent, as Proprætor, into Hither Spain. Killed by men under his command.-20. Catiline harangues his associates.-21. Holds out to them magnificent promises. Appeals to their passions and necessities. Dismisses them. -22. Rumour respecting the mode by which he attempted to impart greater force to the oath administered to them. -23. Q. Curius suspected by Fulvia of harbouring designs against the State. Fulvia discloses her suspicions to several persons. Public opinion favours the appoint
ment of Cicero as Consul.-24. Cicero and Antony elected Consuls. Catiline makes preparations for a rising in various parts of Italy. Considerable accession to Catiline's party.
Catiline counts upon several women of