Latin Manuscripts: An Elementary Introduction to the Use of Critical Editions for High Schools and College Classes

Latin Manuscripts: An Elementary Introduction to the Use of Critical Editions for High Schools and College Classes

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Latin Manuscripts: An Elementary Introduction to the Use of Critical Editions for High Schools and College Classes

Latin Manuscripts: An Elementary Introduction to the Use of Critical Editions for High Schools and College Classes

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During the last session 'of the Summer School of Indiana University I gave a course of lectures to the Teachers' Class on Paleography, Hermeneutics and Criticism. My attention was then called to the fact that even in secondary schools many questions relating to Paleography and Criticism are asked by pupils who find different texts of the same author used in the same class. Some of their text books, too, go so far as to give and discuss various readings of difficult passages, as does Greenough's Cæsar, for example. A wish was therefore expressed by several teachers of Latin that a manual might be published for the use of High Schools, answering the more common questions of this sort. In response to their wish I have prepared this volume. It gives a mere outline of the subjects of which it treats in broad strokes, but contains, I hope, all that students in High Schools and in the lower classes of Colleges will need in order to understand the critical notes found in the text books commonly used by these classes. For University use it should be supplemented by lectures upon the several authors of the sort admirably illustrated by Mr. W. Lindsay M. Introduction to Latin Textual Emendation, Based on the Text of Plautus (New York, 1896).

The elementary nature of this manual excludes references to authorities, but I must mention some of the most important which were used in the preparation of the lectures from which these chapters are condensed. On ancient books the standard work is Birt Das antike Buchwesen (Berlin, 1882). On the book trade in antiquity there are Haenny Schriftsteller und Buchhändler im alten Rom (Leipzig, 1885), and (to be used cautiously) Putnam Authors and their Public in Ancient Times (New York, 1894). On Paleography Thompson Handbook of Greek and Latin Palaeography (New York . . .

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