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Erasmus, P.S. Allen Editor - Selections From Erasmus, Principally From His Epistles 1918 (Latin), Gutenberg Edition

Erasmus, P.S. Allen Editor - Selections From Erasmus, Principally From His Epistles 1918 (Latin), Gutenberg Edition

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Project Gutenberg's Selections from Erasmus, by Erasmus RoterodamusCopyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributing this or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this Project Gutenberg file. Please do notremove it. Do not change or edit the header without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about the eBook and Project Gutenberg atthe bottom of this file. Included is important information about your specific rights and restrictions inhow the file may be used. You can also find out about how to make a donation to Project Gutenberg,and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: Selections from Erasmus Principally from his EpistlesAuthor: Erasmus RoterodamusRelease Date: June, 2005 [EBook #8400] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [Thisfile was first posted on July 6, 2003]Edition: 10Language: English and Latin*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK SELECTIONS FROM ERASMUS ***Produced by David Starner, Thomas Berger, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.
 
SELECTIONS FROM ERASMUS
Principally From His EpistlesBy
P. S. ALLEN
* * * * *
PREFACE
The selections in this volume are taken mainly from the Letters of Erasmus. Latin was to him a livinglanguage; and the easy straightforwardness with which he addresses himself to what he has to say,hether in narrating the events of every-day life or in developing more serious themes, makes hisorks suitable reading for beginners. To the rapidity with which he invariably wrote is due a certainlaxity, principally in the use of moods and tenses; and his spelling is that of the Renaissance. Thesematters I have brought to some extent into conformity with classical usage; and in a few other waysalso I have taken necessary liberties with the text.In the choice of passages I have been guided for the most part by a desire to illustrate through themEnglish life at a period of exceptional interest in our history. There has never been wanting asuccession of persons who concerned themselves to chronicle the deeds of kings and the fortunes of ar; but history only becomes intelligible when we can place these exalted events in their rightsetting by understanding what men both small and great were doing and thinking in their private lives.To Erasmus we owe much intimate knowledge of the age in which he lived; and of none of hiscontemporaries has he given us more vivid pictures than of the great Englishmen, Henry VIII, Colet,More, and many others, whom he delighted to claim as friends.With this purpose in view I have thought it best to confine the historical commentary within a narrowcompass in the scenes which are not drawn from England; and to leave unillustrated manydistinguished names, due appreciation of which would have overloaded the notes and confused thereader.The vocabulary is intended to include all words not to be found in Dr. Lewis's
 Elementary Latin Dictionary
, with the exception of (1) those which with the necessary modification have becomeEnglish, (2) classical words used for modern counterparts without possibility of confusion, e. g.
templum
 for
church
; (3) diminutives—a mode of expression which both Erasmus and modern writersuse very freely—as to the origin of which there can be no doubt.Mr. Kenneth Forbes of St. John's College has kindly gone through the whole of the text with me, andhas given me the benefit of his long experience as a teacher. I am also obliged to him for mostvaluable assistance in the preparation of the notes.

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