Academica eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 347 pages of information about Academica.


James S. Reid,

M.L.  CAMB.  M.A. (LOND.)
Assistant tutor and late fellow, Christ’s College, Cambridge;
assistant examiner in classics to the University of London.


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those of his pupils
who have read with him
this edition
is affectionately dedicated
the editor.

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Since the work of Davies appeared in 1725, no English scholar has edited the Academica.  In Germany the last edition with explanatory notes is that of Goerenz, published in 1810.  To the poverty and untrustworthiness of Goerenz’s learning Madvig’s pages bear strong evidence; while the work of Davies, though in every way far superior to that of Goerenz, is very deficient when judged by the criticism of the present time.

This edition has grown out of a course of Intercollegiate lectures given by me at Christ’s College several years ago.  I trust that the work in its present shape will be of use to undergraduate students of the Universities, and also to pupils and teachers alike in all schools where the philosophical works of Cicero are studied, but especially in those where an attempt is made to impart such instruction in the Ancient Philosophy as will prepare the way for the completer knowledge now required in the final Classical Examinations for Honours both at Oxford and Cambridge.  My notes have been written throughout with a practical reference to the needs of junior students.  During the last three or four years I have read the Academica with a large number of intelligent pupils, and there is scarcely a note of mine which has not been suggested by some difficulty or want of theirs.  My plan has been, first, to embody in an Introduction such information concerning Cicero’s philosophical views and the literary history of the Academica as could not be readily got from existing books; next, to provide a good text; then to aid the student in obtaining a higher knowledge of Ciceronian Latinity, and lastly, to put it in his power to learn thoroughly the philosophy with which Cicero deals.

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