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LATIN AUTHORS.

BY

CRAUFURD TAIT RAMAGE, LL.D.

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AUTHOR OF GREAT THOUGHTS FROM GREEK AUTHORS, GREAT
THOUGHTS FROM FRENCH AND ITALIAN AUTHORS,"

GREAT THOUGHTS FROM GERMAN AND

SPANISH AUTHORS," ETC.

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THIRD EDITION, CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED.

“Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over

the world."-DR. JOHNSON.

NEW YORK:
JOHN B. ALDEN, PUBLISHER.

1884.

PREFACE TO THIRD

EDITION.

LITTLE need be added to what was stated in former editions of this work. The illustrations from the Old and New Testaments have been increased, and many new passages have been given. Few of the ways that conduct to virtue are more full of pleasantness and peace than that which leads us to warm our hearts by putting them in close contact with noble natures. “I am not the rose, but I live with the rose,” says the Eastern apologue, "and so I have hecoine st eet.” It was a strong conviction of the truth of this apophthegm that induced the Editor to spend many of the leisure hours of a busy life in bringing together the beautiful thoughts of ancient writers; and he was induced to present them to the public, in the hope that many, who have little time to devote to the study of the Classics, would be glad to renew their acquaintance with the finer emanations of the Roman masters.

The Editor has not been disappointed in his expectations, for the sale of the work has continued to increase, and proves that there is a large number of educated minds who take delight in the wisdom of the ancients. Each quotation is a separate bait, a temptation to feel greatly and to do greatly; and a friend, whose delicate health has obliged him to retire from the busy launts of men, very beautifully remarks that their charm for the old and infirm is scarcely less. To such “it is nothing short of delightful to have a book at hand which will suit itself either to the exigencies or the deficiencies of the minute, with an elastic power of adaptability which no living friend can possess.” It was for those of lofty aspirations among the young, and for men of cultivated minds among the old, that the Editor attempted to make a selection from a treasure that has continued to accumulate from the earliest times, till it now comprehends a brief abstract of the wisdom of all ages.

CHRONOLOGICAL INDEX OF

AUTHORS.

28

Plautus...... .born about B.C. 254.... .died about B.C. 184
Terence
.born B.C. 195.

.died B.C. 159
Varro
born B.c. 116.

..died B.C.
Cicero....
born B.C, 106.

... died B.c. 43
Cæsar.
born B.C. 100.

died B.c. 44
Lucretius.

born B.C.
95..

.died B.C. 52
Catullus

born B.C.
87.

.died B.C. 47
Sallust.

born B.C. 86. died about B.C. 34
Virgil.

born B.C.
70.

died B.C.

19
Horace
born B.C. 65.

..died B.C. 8
Livy
.born B.C. 59.

..died A.D.

17
Tibullus
born about B.C. 59 .died about B.C.

18
Propertius born about B.C. 51 ..died about B.C. 15
Publius Syrus

flourished about B.C. 45
Ovid

born B.C.
43.

died A.D.

18
Nepos..

flourished B.C. 40
Seneca.
.born about A.D.

1

died A.D.

65
Phædrus. flourished A.D.

20
Pliny the Elder.

...born A.D.
23.

died A.D.

79
Silius Italicus. ..born A.D.

25.

died A.D. 100
Persius

.born A.D.
31.

.died A.D.

62
Lucan
born about A.D.

39.

.died A.D.

65
Quintilian

..born A.D.

40. died about A.D. 118
Martial
.born A.D. 43.

died A.D. 104
Petronius Arbiter

flourished A.D. 50
Tacitus

born about A.D. 59. ....died about A.D. 120
Pliny the Younger
flourished A.D.

61
Statius

.born about A.D. 61 ......died about A.D. 96
Columella .flourished A.D. 70
Juvenal. ....flourished A.D. 90

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