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Once more, after the lapse of a quarter of a century, I render the account, which you have the best right to demand, of my studies on the last great writer of heathen Rome.
You, who even between whiles' surprise the world with finished pieces and dream on Parnassus, may find much to censure in the form of my commentary. I shall be content, if only in the matter of it there appears that
labor improbus, which men have learnt to associate wi Shrewsbury φιλομαθείς. .
If you see here a just advance on the first-fruits my pen, I shall feel more at home in the Sparta found in
your honour and adorned by the genius of the editor Lucretius.
My dear Dr Kennedy,
Ever gratefully yours,
JOHN E. B. MAYOR.
The notes on sat. x were written, and nearly all stereotyped, in the summer of 1871; those on great part of sat. VIII in 1872, the remainder to the end of sat. XIII in 1877; the last three satires have been added in the last two months.
I give these details, partly to explain any apparent neglect of materials lately brought to light, and partly as an example of the use of our long vacation. Many of us are unable during term to engage in any work requiring prolonged attention. Even in Bentley's time, Cambridge could only make hay when the sun shone'.
I have to thank several friends for help. Mr Munro supplies many notes (marked H. A. J. M.) and some emendations. I have also profited by communications from the late Professor Conington (J. C.), the Rev. H. R. Bailey (H. R. B.), the Public Orator (J. E. S.), and my brother (J. B. M.). I have, as will be seen, examined the manuscript notes of Stanley, Hadr. Beverland, John Taylor", Markland“, Böttiger and John Mitford". From
1 Praefatio to Hor. P. XV=XXII qualiacumque vero haec sunt, aestivis tantum mensibus (ita tamen ut uno alteroque biennio fuerint prorsus intermissa) et primo impetu ac calore sine lima curisve secundis descripta, sic mad
cha (ut nemini hic meorum non compertissimum est) ad typographos deferebantur.
Prof. Garrod kindly answered my zoological queries. 3 These three in Cambridge university library. 4 In St John's college library.
5 These two penes me, the former bought at 0. Jahn's sale, the latter at Mr Mitford's sale, where a noble collection sold for an old song.
the friends of Otto Jahn I learn that his commentai was only completed for a few satires, and that he intende to re-write the whole. In general he trusted to memor but for Juvenal and Persius had formed collectanea. It much to be hoped that his labours will be given to t] world, for few scholars have ever lived so well furnishi with the historical and antiquarian learning required an editor of Juvenal: his library was perhaps the be working collection that the world has seen in its depai ment.
I give elsewhere (bibliographical clue to Latin lit rature Cambr. 1875 96-97) a list of the principal coi mentators and dissertations. Prof. Bernays", I am gl to see, does justice to the few notes of N. Rigault. Is. la Grange (Grangaeus) is a commentator akin to Cerda Passerat, widely read especially in the poets. France a contributes the notes of Adr. and Charles de Valois (pu lished by Achaintre). The essays of Martha, Boissier, Wid Nisard, are all more or less worth reading.
Italy supplies the commentary of Silvestri de Rovi the life of Juvenal and occasional notes by Borghe Denmark the two dissertations of Madvig and a treat on the poet's style by Kiaer.
Critical readers of my book will possess Otto Jah two editions (the larger with the scholia and full criti
When at Gotha, I examined G. H. Plathner's ms. commentary and fa Ruperti's censure justified.
1 In the magnificent volume which greeted Mommsen's sixt birth-day .commentationes philologicae in honorem Theodori Momms Berol. 1877' p. 566. The admirers of Heinrich may be surprised to : (p. 565) •der gute. Ruperti, immer noch der einzig Neuere, der e “fortlaufenden Commentar" zu Juvenal geliefert hat.'