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HINTS AND CAUTIONS

ON

ATTIC GREEK PROSE COMPOSITION

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HINTS AND

AND CAUTIONS

ON

ATTIC GREEK PROSE COMPOSITION

BY THE

REV. FRANCIS ST JOHN THACKERAY, M.A.

LATE FELLOW OF LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD

ASSISTANT-MASTER AT ETON COLLEGE

ETON : WILLIAMS & SON

LONDON : SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & CO.

1876

30.

PREFACE.

A GLANCE at these · Hints and Cautions' will be sufficient to show that their aim is nothing higher than to present in a moderate compass some of the main rules to be borne in mind in writing Attic Greek Prose. Nothing like an elaborate treatment of the subject has been attempted ; and it will be evident that on some points connected with the structure of the Greek sentence, such as the various senses of the Cases, and the uses of the Prepositions, little or nothing has been said. These must be studied in the grammars, where they are explained with the fulness which they require. They cannot be merely 'tasted, but must be 'chewed and digested. A grammar deals with a language in its totality. Its province is to enter into every peculiarity and idiom, many of which, though found in the best authors, it would be obviously undesirable to imitate when composing in an ancient language. Again, Prose and Poetry, Attic and Ionic and other dialectic varieties, must all alike be included in a grammar; and the learner is therefore apt to lose sight of the differences that stamp any one style. An attempt is here made to draw attention solely to

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