|Publication Date||June 15, 2012|
Lectures on Greek Literature is one of the duties oonneoted with the department of Ancient Languages inC olumbia College, and, in fulfilling this requirement, the author of the present work has, for many years past, read a series of lectures on the subject to the senior classes of the institution. Each of these lectures being invariably followed by a written examination, on the plan pursued in foreign universities, and the student being called upon, in the course of sucli examination, for additional information obtained hy private reading, a difficulty has long been felt with regard to the proper sources whence this information was to bo derived. The principal works on the history of G-reek Literature are not, in genera!, of easy access to American students, some by reason of the expense oonnected with them, but by far the greater part from their being written in foreign languages with which few of our youth are familiar. To obviate, therefore, in some degree, these two difficulties, the present work has been prepared, and, should it meet with a favorable reception, it will be followed by a similar manual of Roman Literature. The introductory portion of the volume commences with a brief abstract of what is termed Linguistic, so far as this has a bearing on the I ndo-E uropean chain of languages, to which the Hellenic tongue belongs; a subject naturally possessing great interest for the young student, and well calculated to impart a liberal tone to academical researches.
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