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Descrizione degli stateri antichi illustrati con le medaglie, per DOMENICO SESTINR; Firenze, 1817. 4to. pagg. viii. +118.
Observations sur les offrandes que les Anciens faisoient de leur chevelure, soit aux Dieux, soit aux morts; par M. ALEX. DE NOIR, membre de la Société Phylotechnique (sic), etc. etc. Paris, 8vo. pagg. 24.
Mémoire sur le Systeme Métrique des anciens Egyptiens, contenant des recherches sur leurs connoissances géométriques et sur les mesures des autres peuples de l'antiquité; par E. JOMARD. Paris, 1817. folio, pagg. 308.
Homeri Ilias, ex veterum criticorum notationibus optimorumque exemplarium fide novis curis recensita. Nova recognitio multis locis emendatior. Lips. 1817. 2. 8vo. Editor, FR. A. WOLFIUS, hanc recensionem suam nunc legitimam agnoscit.
Memoria Hieron. de Bosch, rite celebrata in publico Classis tertiæ consessu a Dav. Jac. Van Lennep; et Carmen de inventæ Typographiæ laude Kostero Harlemensi potenter tandem asserta auctore HERM. BOSSCHA. Amstel. 1817. in 4to. pagg. vi. +71
Two fine Maps are just published to accompany Theocritus' Geography, and Scholiasts; engraved by the celebrated Tardieu; under the direction of J. B. GAIL, Professor of Greek Literature at the Royal College of France, Preserver of the Greek and Latin MSS. at the King's Library, &c.
We owe to M. Gail an excellent edition of Theocritus, [2 vol. 4to. vellum, 30 fr.—Id. proofs, 36 fr.] Greek, Latin, and French, with two beautiful Prints, and two geographic Maps; and a volume of Notes on Theocritus, justly valued by Mr. Heyne, in the Gottingen Journal.
The Geography itself of Theocritus, has been the object of M. G.'s successful lucubrations. V. Philologue, t. 2. p. 201. seq.; et t. 3. p. 52. seq.
The Maps are inserted in his fine edition of Theocritus, and may be had separately for 6 fr.; and are equally adapted to the editions 8vo. 4to. or fol. of Theocritus, to which they are a desideratum.
M. GAIL has also published the three fabulists, Esopus, Phadrus, and La Fontaine, 4 vol. 15 fr., with a critical Table; in which the author points out the arguments treated by one fabulist, and those by two or three. Esopus is in Greek, Latin, and French; but we must repeat, with M. G. himself, that the 1st vol., where there is no criticism, cannot be compared, in that point of view, with his Theocritus, Anacreon, and Thucydides. But then, the 2d vol., Phædrus, Latin and French, contains many notes that would bear a parallel with Brotier's. The translation is very close, and remarkably elegant.
Mr. ELMSLEY's edition of the Medea of Euripides is just published.
The Roman edition of Lycophron's Cassandra by SEBASTIAN, has lately been imported by Mr. Bohn. The title is, "Lycophronis Chalcidensis Cassandra obscurum Poema, ope xvi. codicum MSS. sanioribus subinde lectionibus restitutum, fideliori Interpretatione exornatum, et accurata Paraphrasi explicatum: cum Isaacii vel potius Johannis Tzetzæ Commentario ex postrema Oxoniensi editione ad fidem xiii. exemplarium bis mille ferme in locis emendato, notabiliter aucto, Latine reddito, et illustrato. Accedunt fragmenta undique collecta, Variantes Lectiones, Emendationes, et Indices necessarii. Studio et impensis Leopoldi Sebastiani."
We have no doubt that this edition, which is printed in quarto with a large and clear type, will be very acceptable to our numerous scholars and students in this country, when we tell them that in the same page are given the Text, Various Readings, Greek Commentary, which is translated at the end, Emendations, and a Latin Paraphrase. There are also two valuable Indices at the end of the volume. The edition seems not to have been before much known in England.
A new edition of Cicero has just been imported from America by Mr. Souter, in 23 vols. duodecimo. It is printed at Boston, and seems very neatly executed. The text is taken from Ernesti, all of whose Notes and Clavis are inserted. By the title we observe, that this is the first American edition of Cicero, which we cannot but hail as the sure test of the great increase of classical learning in that country.
PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION.
Proposals for publishing by subscription, The Life of Demosthenes, containing all that is recorded of that celebrated Orator, both in his private and public conduct; with an account of the Age of Philip of Macedon, and Alexander the Great; embracing the most interesting and brilliant period of ancient Greece, in Arts, Literature, and Eloquence. By S. FLEMING, A. M.
This work will be handsomely printed on a fine paper, and make a large quarto volume replete with genuine and valuable matter. It will be ornamented with a correct Map of ancient Greece, and Heads of Demosthenes, Æschines, and Alexander the Great, taken from the antique, and likewise with an Engraving of the celebrated Demosthenes Epibomios, formerly in the possession of the learned Dr. Mead. Subscription, two guineas.
The obligations conferred by the Abate Mai on the literary world, by his valuable discoveries in the Ambrosian Library at Milan, have not ceased: their value, indeed, appears increasing. The far-famed Argenteus Codex, usually supposed to be a copy of the Gothic version made by Ulphilas, contemporary with Constantine the Great, if not of the fourth century, is certainly one of · the most ancient MSS. which has come down to us from antiquity. It comprizes the four Gospels only. Another fragment of this MS., containing a few chapters of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, has been found in the Wolfenbuttel Library, and edited by Knittel, in 1763: of this fragment, Ihre has also published an edition, at Upsal. We are now informed that the Abate Mai has discovered, in addition to these, no less than two MSS. of 13 of St. Paul's Epistles. Both have indeed received injury from time, but it happens fortunately, that where lacunæ in the one occur, the other is perfect. Fragments of the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah, have also been brought to light from the same library, and other MSS., all in what he considers the Mæso-gothic dialect. Types are now casting, at the charge of a Milanese nobleman, for the purpose of editing these precious fragments, with notes; and to these is to be added, a Grammar of the Mæso-gothic dialect, composed by the learned discoverer. From this circumstance we may infer, that his opinion differs from that of our Hickes, of La Croze, Wetstein, and Michaelis, who consider the dialect in which the Codex Argenteus is written, as Frankish. This circumstance is comparatively of little moment: there can be no doubt of the interest which every nation, speaking dialects of the Teutonic, must take in the recovery of another portion of the most venerable and ancient monument of the language spoken by their ancestors, of whatever tribe, or wherever residing.
Institut Royal de France.-Académie Royale des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. Prix proposés au concours pour les années 1819 et 1820. Séance publique du vendredi, 17 juillet, 1818.
L'Académie royale des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres renouvelle l'annonce qu'elle fit l'année dernière du sujet du prix qu'elle adjugera dans la séance publique du mois de juillet, 1819. Elle avoit proposé de rechercher quelles étoient dans les diverses villes de la Grèce, et particulièrement à Athènes, les différentes fêtes de Bacchus; de fixer le nombre de ces fêtes, et d'indiquer les lieux situés soit dans la ville, soit hors de la ville où elles étoient célébrées, et les diverses époques de l'année auxquelles elles appartenoient; de distinguer les rites particuliers à chacune de ces fêtes, et de déterminer spécialement ceux qui faisoient partie des cérémonies mystiques.
Le prix sera une médaille d'or de la valeur de 1500 fr.
Les ouvrages envoyés au concours devront être écrits en français ou en latin, et ne seront reçus que jusqu'au 1er avril, 1819... Ce terme est de rigueur.
L'Académie royale des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres propose pour sujet d'un autre prix qu'elle adjugera dans la séance publique du mois de juillet, 1820, la question suivante: Examiner quel étoit, à l'époque de l'avènement de saint Louis au trône, l'état du gouvernement et de la législation en France, et montrer quels étoient, à la fin de son règne, les effets des institutions de ce prince. Le prix sera une médaille d'or de la valeur de 1500 fr.
Les ouvrages envoyés au concours devront être écrits en français ou en latin, et ne seront reçus que jusqu'au 1er avril, 1820. Ce terme est de rigueur.
Ils devront être adressés francs de port, au secrétariat de l'Académie, avant le terme prescrit, et porter chacun une épigraphe ou devise, qui sera répétée dans un billet cacheté joint au Mémoire, et contenant le nom de l'auteur.
Les concurrens sont prévenus que l'Académie ne rendra aucun des ouvrages qui auront été envoyés au concours, mais les auteurs auront la liberté d'en faire prendre des copies, s'ils en ont besoin.
NOTES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
We shall cheerfully insert in our Journal, M. ALPHONSE MAHUL'S Dissertation Historique Litter. et Bibliogr. sur la vie et les vuvrages de MACROBE.
We shall be glad to be informed who purchased Professor PORSON'S copy of Stephens' Gr. Thesaurus.
The Enigma on our last No. p. 454, is Candela.
We have received some valuable articles from an eminent scholar, the life of Heyne,-On the literature of Holland,-On the pretensions of Laurens Koster to the invention of Printing,On the literature and civilisation of Modern Greece, which we shall successively lay before our readers,-Account of the Libraries of Gottingen, Leyden, Hanover, Jena, Leipzig, Prague, Munich, Vienna, &c.
We have received the article on the Hypotheses of Mr. Bryant and Mr. Faber; that of T. Y. and several others.
Miscellanea Classica in our next.
END OF NO. XXXV.
To the Quarterly Review on the New Translation of the Bible from the Original Hebrew. By J. BELLAMY.
ALTHOUGH I was in hopes I should have been suffered to pursue my course unmolested during my labors, which, under the blessing of God, will, I humbly trust, tend to promote the glory of my native country, and the stability of her Establishment: yet I am obliged, very reluctantly, in the midst of these labors, to answer, and I hope to defeat, the virulent attacks of a concealed writer, who is reported to be a member of the established church, engaged in the publication of a new edition of the Holy Bible. If this be true, I cannot but lament that any one who officiates in the sacred department, should be so wanting in that charity, which is the perfection and ornament of the Christian religion.'
Having devoted upwards of twenty-one years to the laborious work of a New Translation of the Bible from the original Hebrew ONLY, the design of which is to aid the cause of religion by removing the ground of those objections which have hitherto been advanced against the Scriptures, principally for political purposes; surely I have not deserved this abuse. I have been told by many of our liberal and learned clergy, that, if there were a thousand contradictions in the common version, and it should be shown that five hundred have no authority from the Hebrew; the great body of the clergy would feel themselves obliged to any person, who should thus reduce the number. And, since the publication of the first part, I have received the most flattering testimonials from many distinguished clergy, who, from what they have seen, are anxious to have the other parts of the work as speedily as possible; VOL. XVIII. Cl. Jl. NO. XXXVI.