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A NEW EDITION.
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THE present edition of Cicero contains the four orations against Catiline, together with those for Archias, Marcellus, the Manilian Law, and Murena.
In forming his text, the Editor has taken Ernesti's for his basis, but without any slavish adherence to the opinions and decisions of that distinguished commentator. Wherever a reading presented itself, calculated in the Editor's opinion to throw more light on the meaning of Cicero than the received lection, he has not hesitated to adopt it; and he flatters himself that the result of his labours, in this department, will prove acceptable to all who are qualified to pass an opinion upon his efforts.
The commentary, it will be perceived, is far from being a scanty one. If there be any author that stands in need of full and copious illustration, it undoubtedly is Cicero in the orations which have come down to us. The train of thought must be continually laid open to the young scholar, to enable him to appreciate, in their full force and beauty, these brilliant memorials of other days; and the allusions, in which the orator is so fond of indulging, must be carefully and fully explained. Unless this be done, the speeches of Cicero become a dead letter, and time is only wasted in their perusal.
The Editor is induced to make these remarks, from the conviction, that the system of commenting, which he has pursued throughout the present work, will, as in the case of
his previous efforts, be condemned by some on the ground of its affording too much aid to the learner; yet, if there be any one cause which has tended more powerfully than the rest to bring classical studies into disrepute, it is the insufficiency of the means of such information, usually within the student's reach; a want arising, in some instances, from the incompetency of many who profess to be classical instructors; and in schools, generally speaking, from the limited time which can be spared to the details of critical and other illustration. Surely it is high time that some change should be effected, and that if the learner cannot obtain from oral instruction the requisite information, he may procure it at least from the notes of his text-book. We may be very sure of one thing,—that that style of classical instruction which consists in merely translating the language of an ancient author, without any attempts whatever at illustration or analysis, will never produce any fruits either of sound learning or intellectual improvement.