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L I V Y
SELECTIONS FROM THE FIRST DECADE
OMERA FLOYD LONG
THE FRANKLIN COMPANY, CHICAGO
This edition-parva sed apta it is hoped-has taken its present form, as has the companion volume in this series by Professor Bechtel, from a conviction, based on classroom experiments, that it is desirable for students to become acquainted with a wider range of selections from Livy than is represented in the stereotyped threebook edition. Books I, XXI, XXII are themselves only selections, and they possess no special sanctity that should impose their less interesting chapters on a student to the exclusion of other matter which may afford greater variety of interest and better illustrate Livy's mastery of style and his versatility. In the selections offered there has been an aim to preserve the historian's method in well defined units, showing regal and republican administration, the manner of life, and especially through what sort of men the State extended its power as it expanded from a shepherd settlement into a power dominant throughout Italy.
The brief notes are in keeping with a sane reaction against the over-loaded commentary, for American editors in swinging away from the type of edition based on this or that German work have sometimes proved their own erudition at the expense of the student's real needs. The student in his earlier stage, therefore, and not the specialist, has been kept in mind, the object being to stimulate interest and to offer only such help as experience has shown to be practically necessary. To this each teacher will add according to his particular purpose. The great number of Latin grammars now