Excerpt from Captivi: With an Introduction, Critical Apparatus, Explanatory Notes and Appendix; Containing Copious Notes and Emendations
IN preparing an edition of a play of Plautus for the use of my pupils in the Humanity Classes of the University of Glas gow, it has been my... aim to put into their hands not merely a commentary which should serve as an introduction to the study of Plautus, but also a text founded upon the best ms. Authority available, and cognizant of recent labours in the field of Plautine criticism. No edition of Plautus seemed to me to meet these requirements so well as that of Dr. Julius Brix, whose Trinummus, Captivi, Menaechmi and Miles Gloriosus, are already well known in this country; and it was originally my intention simply to produce his Captivi in an English dress. My request for permission to do so was met by Dr. Brix with a cordial and ready assent, and a promise to send me further notes and corrections which had suggested them selves to him since the appearance of his last edition. Though in the course of my work I have been led considerably to modify and extend my original plan, I desire here to express my great obligations to the work of Dr. Brix, without which my edition could never have been produced, and the liope that he will pardon me if in some places I seem guilty of pre sumption in venturing to dissent from the ripe judgment of a veteran critic of Plautus like himself.
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