Excerpt from Ovid's Fasti: With Introduction, Notes, And Excursus
The present edition is a totally different book. Indeed, though called a second edition, it is as different as if it had been done by another person. For in the interval of time which lies between them I have written my Histories of Greece and Rome, prepared the second enlarged and improved edition of my classic Mythology, resided for some time in Italy, and finally commented on the more difficult poems of Virgil and Horace. Meantime the only really critical edition of the poem, the learned and elaborate work of Merkel, had appeared, and I have thus been enabled to give a better text. When to this is added that I have had abundant leisure for preparing it, I am surely justified in hoping that it may be the means of causing this most pleasing and valuable poem to be more generally read and studied than is the case at present.
I have sought to give all necessary aid to the student, but I would not encourage idleness by giving mythic and historic narratives in the notes; I have always, however, referred to accessible works where they may be found, and that I deem to be all that could be justly required.
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