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M. TULLIUS CICERO,
ARRANGED ACCORDING TO ITS CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:
A REVISION OF THE TEXT, A COMMENTARY,
BY THE LATE
ROBERT YELVERTON TYRRELL, LITT.D.,
Hon. Litt.D. (CANTAB.), D.C.L. (Oxon.), LL.D. (EDIN.);
University of Dublin:
Hon. LL.D. (Glasg.);
University of Dublin.
DUBLIN: HODGES, FIGGIS, & CO., LTD., GRAFTON STREET.
In preparing a new edition of this Fourth Volume, for which the publishers have asked, I have done what I could to lessen some of the many shortcomings of the previous edition ; but I am only too conscious that, even if something has been done, it is but little, and that the need of a really adequate edition of the Correspondence remains as urgent as ever. If the present volume affords even trifling assistance to any young scholar who will produce a full and complete edition of Cicero’s Correspondence, it will have entirely fulfilled its object. The fine critical Commentary on the Epistles other than those ad Familiares which Dr. H. Sjögren of Upsala is producing—he has already issued the Epp. ad Q. Fr., ad Brutum, and ad Att. i-iv-will furnish a firm basis for the text of those most difficult Letters. His thorough knowledge of all available manuscripts, and his great learning and acuteness. as a grammarian, stamp bis edition as a work of the very first importance. Unfortunately it has not yet reached the portion of the Epp. ad Atticum which is contained in the present volume; but when he reaches that portion, he will, no doubt, clear up many of the passages which still remain obscure. The loss of Dr. Tyrrell's refined scholarship and elegance of style diminishes in a marked degree the attractiveness of the Commentary in those places where notes had to be re-written; but I have endeavoured to make only such changes as I believe he would have been willing to accept. I have done what I can in these troublous times to discover and read what has been written by other scholars on the Letters in this volume ; but it would be idle to hope that much has not escaped me. Very signal evidence of this fact is that I failed to make myself acquainted with such a