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The

Oxford Book

Of Latin Verse

HENRY FROWDE,

PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

LONDON, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK, TORONTO MELBOURNE AND BOMBAY

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From the earliest fragments to the end of the Vth Century A.D.

Chosen by

H. W. Garrod

Fellow of Merton College.

Oxford

At the Clarendon Press

1912

PA6121
A709

192394

GYMLOND TIBKVKA

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PREFACE

HE plan of this book excludes epic and the drama,

and in general so much of Roman poetry as could

be included only by a licence of excerpt mostly dangerous and in poetry of any architectonic pretensions intolerable. If any one remarks as inconsistent with this plan the inclusion of the more considerable fragments of Ennius and the early tragedians, I will only say that I have not thought it worth while to be wiser here than Time and Fate, which have of their own act given us these poets in lamentable excerpt. A more real inconsistency may be found in my treatment of the didactic poets. It seemed a pity that Didactic Poetry-in some ways the most characteristic product of the Roman genius-should, in such a Collection as this, be wholly unrepresented. It seemed a pity and it seemed also on the whole unnecessary. It seemed unnecessary, for the reason that many of the great passages of Lucretius, Vergil, and Manilius hang so loosely to their contexts that the poets themselves seem to invite the gentle violence of the excerptor. These passages are 'golden branches' set in an alien stock- non sua seminat arbos. The hand that would

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