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PARTLY IDIOMATIC, PARTLY SELECTED FROM
AN INTRODUCTION ON DIFFICULT CONSTRUCTIONS,
STYLE, ORDER OF WORDS, &c.
JAMES MOIR, M. A.,
HEAD CLASSICAL MASTER IN GLASGOW ACADEMY.
EDINBURGH: JAMES THIN,
Publisher to the aniversity.
305. q. 155
This book is intended to furnish material for Continuous Latin Prose Composition. It seeks to supply two classes of exercises, not given as yet, at least with any fulness, in any single book, viz., first, passages adapted to illustrate the peculiarities of Latin construction, idiom, and style ; and secondly, extracts from English authors. The English of the idiomatic exercises, it is hoped, does not so bristle with idiomatic phrases as to be likely to bear no resemblance to Latin when reproduced in that language. For these exercises I am indebted mainly to the note-books of my own schooldays. It is impossible to identify the authors of many of them, but I believe the majority owed their origin to the late Dr. Melvin. Some may have been written by pupils of his—I have subscribed them M. which may mean Melvin or Melvinian. A few were composed by Professor Geddes of Aberdeen, who, with his usual kindness, has given me permission to use them here. The rest are by myself, and bear no signature. I should mention that I have slightly altered the English of some of these exercises so as to make them less Latino-English, and less uniformly periodic. None of those given will be found in “Melvin's Exercises ” by Mr. Calder, or in “Praxis Primaria" by Dr. Islay Burns.
In the second part extracts are given from English authors, and these are graduated, being taken first from writers who, from their style or subject afford comparatively easy material, and secondly from a wider range of literature. For my own part I should use the second part alternately with the first, at