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NOTICE.

It is remarkable that no place has been given in the schools and colleges of England and America to the writings of the early Christians. For many centuries, and down to what is called the Pagan renaissance, they were the common linguistic study of educated Christians. The stern piety of those times thought it wrong to dally with the sensual frivolities of heathen poets, and never imagined it possible that the best years of youth should be spent in mastering the refinements of a mythology and life which at first they feared and loathed, and which at last became as remote and unreal to them as the Veda is to us.

Classical Philology, however, took its ideal of beauty from Pagan Greece, and it has filled our schools with those books which are its best representatives.

The modern Science of Language has again changed the point of view. It gives the first place to truth; it seeks to know man, his thoughts, his growth; it looks on the literature of an age as a daguerreotype of the age; it values books according to their historical significance. The writings of the early Christians embody the history of the most important events known to man, in language not unworthy of the events; and the study of Latin and Greek as vehicles of Christian thought should be the most fruitful study known to Philology, and have its place of honor in the University Course.

The present Series owes its origin to an endowment

NOTICE.

It is remarkable that no place has been given in the schools and colleges of England and America to the writings of the early Christians. For many centuries, and down to what is called the Pagan renaissance, they were the common linguistic study of educated Christians. The stern piety of those times thought it wrong to dally with the sensual frivolities of heathen poets, and never imagined it possible that the best years of youth should be spent in mastering the refinements of a mythology and life which at first they feared and loathed, and which at last became as remote and unreal to then as the Veda is to us.

Classical Philology, however, took its ideal of beauty from Pagan Greece, and it has filled our schools with those books which are its best representatives.

The modern Science of Language has again changed the point of view. It gives the first place to truth; it seeks to know man, his thoughts, bis growth; it looks on the literature of an age as a daguerreotype of the age; it values books according to their historical significance. The writings of the early Christians embody the history of the most important events known to ma

in language not unworthy of the events; and the study of Latin and Greek as vehicles of Christian thought should be the most fruitful study known to Philology, and have its place of honor in the University Conrse.

The present Series owes its origin to an endowment by Mr. Benjamin Douglass for the study of these authors in Lafayette College. Each volume will be prepared with critical text, introduction, and notes, like the current approved text-books for college study. They will be edited by F. A. March, LL.D., Professor of Comparative Philology in Lafayette College, with such help as may be found desirable. Two volumes are now ready: LATIN HYMNS, with English Notes. For use in Schools and

Colleges. By F. A. MARCH, LL.D., Professor of Comparative

Philology in Lafayette College. 12mo, Cloth, $1 75. THE ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY OF EUSEBIUS. The

First Book and Selections. Edited for Schools and Colleges by F. A. MARCH, LL.D. With an Introduction by A. BALLARD, D.D., Professor of Christian Greek and Latin in Lafayette College; and Explanatory Notes by W. B. OWEN, A.M., Adj. Professor of Christian Greek. 12mo, Clotlı, $1 75.

A volume of Tertullian and one of Athanagoras are in press, and may be expected in time for the fall term of 1875. Should the Series be welcomed, it will be continned with volumes of Augustine, Cyprian, Lactantius, Justin Martyr, Chrysostom, and others, in number sufficient for a complete college course.

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