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HEROIDUM EPISTULAE XIII
EDITED WITH NOTES AND INDICES
EVELYN S. SHUCKBURGH, M.A.
LATE FELLOW AND ASSISTANT TUTOR OF EMMANUEL COLLEGE,
CAMBRIDGE ; ASSISTANT MASTER AT ETON.
The object of this edition is to provide the higher classes in Schools with a useful edition of Ovid's Epistles, which should contain some information as to their Author, as to the materials on which he worked, and the spirit in which he used them : and at the same time one in which an intelligent study of the language should not be neglected, nor the history of the text passed entirely over.
The book contains 13 of the 14 Epistles, the genuineness of which has not been refuted by modern criticism. At the same time no one can fail to be struck with the inferiority of the Laodamia; and I must record a strong suspicion that the Episode in Ep. 9, from v. 67 to 102, and that in Ep. 14, from v. 85 to 108, bear marks of interpolation, or at any rate of having been inserted after the completion of the rest.
My plan has been to illustrate the Poet from his own works; which is particularly proper in the case of Ovid, who so often repeats his own words. I have, when quoting from his other works or from other writers, usually given the quotations in full, knowing