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Select Classics.-Vol. I. M.Straut.
Select Classics.-Vol. I.
BY M. STUART,
1885, Jan. 21,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1833, by
FLAGG, GOULD, AND NEWMAN, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
The occasion and design of publishing the little volumes entitled Select Classics, may be stated in a few words. It is customary with me, always to recommend to my pupils in sacred philology, the daily reading of some portion of a good Latin or Greek classical writer. This I do, in order that they may increase their knowledge of the ancient languages, and be able to judge of the difference between classical idioms and those of the Scriptures. But this is not my only motive. Believing that the study of the best Latin and Greek authors is very important to the cultivation of an improved taste in literature, and to the acquisition of tact and ability in criticism and in writing, I feel it to be a matter of serious consequence, that every theological student should devote some portion of his time to this employment.
But what shall he read ? Merely to repeat the reading of college books, would be unattractive to most students. And if they are to extend it beyond these limits, what shall be selected ? A question of more difficulty to the young student, (whose circle of acquaintance with the classics is generally somewhat narrow), than every one will be apt to imagine. And even after he has made his choice, how shall he obtain the pieces which he desires? They appear, more usu· ally, only in the large collections; which he cannot afford to purchase. Or if separately printed, they are not published, perhaps, in our country; or if they are, most of them are merely copies of European editions, which (the school-books excepted) are principally characterized by notes on the various readings of the text; in which he, who studies for profit and pleasure, can feel but little if any interest. "Grammarians and critical editors alone can profit much by these. But the