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This edition of an author who may be regarded as the most difficult among Latin prose-writers, will be found to differ from all its predecessors. From Corte to Kritz, the editors seem never to have reflected that Sallust was a historian as well as a writer of peculiar Latin. Hence their notes are almost exclusively occupied with the discussion of various readings and the illustration of phraseology, while history, geography, and constitutional and military antiquities are treated with neglect. These deficiencies it is my object to supply, without neglecting the matters on which they have treated at large.
The text is Orelli's in general, at times that of Kritz. The system of orthography is explained at the end of the first Excursus, which I would recommend to be read carefully before commencing the work. In my opinion, it would be the better course in schools to begin with the Jugurtha.
Everyone knows how the Latin classics have been neglected in this country. Since the days of Bentley, none of them but Lucretius had been deemed worthy of the labours of an English scholar. Sallust shared the general fate till the year 1832, when the very neat edition by Mr. Allen appeared. But it is of the kind described above, and, therefore, does not preclude the necessity of that which I now offer to students.