THE Latin text of this volume has been set up
from that of the ninth edition (1908) of Book I.,
and the eighth edition (1894) of Book II., by Weissenborn and Müller, except that the Periochae
been reprinted from the text of Rossbach (1910).
But the spelling is that adopted by Professors
Conway and Walters in their critical edition of
Books I.-V. (Oxford, 1914), which is the source also
of a number of readings which differ from those given
in the Weissenborn-Müller text, and has furnished,
besides, the materials from which the textual notes
have been drawn up. I have aimed to indicate
every instance where the reading printed does not
rest on the authority of one or more of the good
MSS., and to give the author of the emendation.
The MSS. are often cited by the symbols given in
the Oxford edition, but for brevity's sake I have
usually employed two of my own, viz. ω
The former means “ such of the good MSS. as are
not cited for other readings,” the latter “one or
more of the inferior MSS. and early printed editions.” Anyone who wishes more specific information regarding the source of a variant will consult
the elaborate apparatus of the Oxford text, whose
editors have placed all students of the first decade
under lasting obligations by their thorough and
minute report of the MSS. With the publication
of their second volume there will be available for
the first time an adequate diplomatic basis for the
criticism of Books I.-X.
I have utilized throughout the translations by
Philemon Holland, George Baker, and Canon
Roberts, and have occasionally borrowed a happy
expression from the commentaries of Edwards,
Conway, and others, mentioned in the introduction.
The unpretentious notes in the college edition of
my former teacher, the late Professor Greenough,
have been particularly useful in pointing out the
significance of the word-order.
Acknowledgments are also due to my colleagues,
Professors Fairclough, Hempl, Cooper, and Briggs,
and to Professor Noyes of the University of California, each of whom has given me some good
B. O. F.
Stanford University, California.