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III.--SMEAD'S PHILIPPICS OF DEMOSTHENES. The I, II, III. Philippics
of Demosthenes, with Historical Introductions and Critical and
Explanatory Notes. By M. J. Smead, Ph. D. Professor in William and
Mary College, Virginia. Boston: J. Munroe & Co. 1851. Although
a considerable interval has elapsed since the appearance of
Professor Smead's edition of the Orations of Demosthenes against
Philip, no formal attempt, so far at least as our knowledge
extends, has hitherto been made to investigate its merits. We
cannot think that this delay has arisen from indifference on the
part of those, who, on account of their anxiety for the diffusion
of classical knowledge and the advancement of sound education
amongst all classes of our countrymen, are most nearly interested
in the publication of accurate and trust-worthy editions of the
great writers of antiquity; much less that it is to be regarded as
an evidence of their non-appreciation of the value and importance
of the present contribution to the literature of Demosthenes, since
we unfeignedly believe that those who have had an opportunity to
examine the work, which we now purpose briefly to review, and to
compare it with its predecessors in the same field of classical
inquiry, must entertain the same opinion of its general utility and
excellence as that, to which a careful perusal of its contents
justifies us, at the very outset of our remarks, in giving cordial
expression. For we are persuaded that those who have already made
trial of this book in the class-room, or who may hereafter do so,
will cheerfully acknowledge that in imparting a thorough knowledge
of historical detail, and a faithful insight into the form, spirit,
and meaning of these orations, it realizes to no inconsiderable
extent the intention of the editor, and fully meets t...
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