« AnteriorContinuar »
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
N issuing this Second Edition of “Materials and Models
the authors think it well to explain more fully the mode of using the book, which should be adopted as well by the teacher as by the pupil, after first calling attention to the improvements which have been introduced into the work, and to some modifications of its original form.
1. It has been determined to publish the book for the future in two separate volumes, one for Latin and one for Greek Prose Composition, instead of combining both parts in the same volume. The Latin portion is now published. The Greek portion will soon be ready, and the authors intend shortly to issue a series of selections for Verse Composition on the same plan.
2. The materials for Latin prose are now arranged in five sections, as follows Historical, Characters, Oratorical, Philosophical, and Epistolary. The former Miscellaneous section has been distributed into the others; the Characters have been placed by themselves; and many passages have been omitted, and replaced by others more illustrative of the plan of this book. Many new passages have been added, and the bulk of the Latin part has been much increased. This enlargement has enabled the authors to develop more fully their original scheme, by grouping together those passages which are similar in subject ; and thus, in effect, making groups of sub-sections. A formal division into sub-sections would have been a complicated and unnecessary