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BUT PARTLY SELECTED AND ARRANGED FROM THE BEST EXPOSITORS,

AND FORMING A CONTINUOUS COMMENTARY:

ACCOMPANIED

WITH FULL INDEXES, BOTH OF GREEK WORDS AND PHRASES EXPLAINED

AND MATTERS DISCUSSED IN THE NOTES.

BY THE

REV. S. T. BLOOMFIELD, D.D. F.S.A.

OP SIDNEY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE; VICAR OF BISBROOKE, RUTLAND;

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LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMANS,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCXLIII.

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PRE FACE

TO THE SECOND VOLUME.

At length the Editor is enabled to bring his long-laboured work to a conclusion, by presenting to the Public the remaining five Books of Thucydides, edited on the same extensive plan as the first three, and omitting, he hopes, nothing which may be deemed essential to the thorough understanding of that most difficult of writers.

As to the critical notes,—although he was prevented by circumstances, over which he had no control, from making travels into foreign countries to examine fresh MSS., he did not neglect what was in his power at home, but collated afresh throughout the celebrated Codex Clarendonianus, and, in select passages, another MS. hitherto uncollated; the use of both having been kindly granted to him by a grace of the Senate of the University of Cambridge. This collation supplied very numerous various readings, (some of importance,) whic'ı had escaped the diligence of the painstaking Dr. Hudson. The Editor has also carefully collated for the last three Books a most correctly and beautifully written MS. (said by Montfaucon to be as ancient as the tenth century,) preserved in that splendid repository, the British Museum ; the fruits of which appear in the present volume '.

To advert to the notes philological and exegetical,--the Editor has, he trusts, effected for exegetical, as well as critical, science, what had long

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Subjoined, by way of Appendix, is an able and interesting Memoir, for which the Editor is indebted to the kindness of his friend Colonel Leake, on the military details of the fatal expedition of the Athenians to Sicily, accompanied by an accurate Plan of Syracuse and the environs, formed by the Colonel partly op an actual survey by order of Government, and partly on his own personal examination on the spot.

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