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Pitt Press Series

SILVA LATINA

a Latin Reading-book

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
London: FETTER LANE, E.C.

C. F. CLAY, MANAGER

Edinburgh: 100, PRINCES STREET

Berlin: A. ASHER AND CO.

Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS

New York: G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS Bombay and Calcutta: MACMILLAN AND CO., LTD.

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PRINTED BY JOHN CLAY, M.A.

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS

PREFACE

IN preparing this book I have had chiefly in

view the requirements of those schools where Greek is not taught and where the Latin course does not generally last more than four years.

Where the period of study is so short, it is clearly difficult for the student to get into contact with the great masters of the Latin tongue, those famous men who have won a place beside the greatest writers of any age or country. The aim of this book is to remove some of the obstacles which hinder that contact.

The passages have been selected mainly from four of the chief masters of the language at its best period—Cicero, Livy, Virgil, and Ovid. A few selections have been taken from the earlier poets, but they are in general too difficult; and the writers of the Silver Age, except Pliny and Martial, also proved unsuitable for the purpose in view. No passage has been included that is not,

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