The Ancient Library
 

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PREFACE,

A course of Lectures on Greek Literature is one of the duties connected with the department of Ancient Lan­guages in Columbia College, and, in fulfilling this require­ment, the author of the present work has, for many years past, read a series of lectures on the subject to the senior classes of the institution. Each of these lectures being invariably followed by a written examination, on the plan pursued in foreign universities, and the student being called upon, in the course of such examination, for addi­tional information obtained by private reading, a difficulty has long been felt with regard to the proper sources whence this information was to be derived. The principal works on the history of Greek Literature are not, in general, of easy access to American students, some by reason of the expense connected with them, but by far the greater part from their being written in foreign languages with which few of our youth are familiar. To obviate, therefore, in some degree, these two difficulties, the present work has been prepared, and, should it meet with a favorable re­ception, it will be followed by a similar manual of Roman Literature.

The introductory portion of the volume commences with a brief abstract of what is termed Linguistic, so far as this has a bearing on the Indo-European chain of languages, to which the Hellenic tongue belongs; a subject natu­rally possessing great interest for the young student, and well calculated to impart a liberal tone to academical re­searches. In preparing this part of the work, rich mate-

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