Saturday, September 24, 2011
Lancelot: Epigrammatum Delectus
Epigrammatum Delectus by Claude Lancelot (1740)
Here is the full title of the book: Epigrammatum Delectus ex omnibus tum veteribus, tum recentioribus poetis accurate decerptus cum dissertatione de vera pulchritudine et adumbrata, in qua, ex certis principiis, reiectionis et selectionis epigrammatum causae redduntur; adiectae sunt elegantes sententiae ex antiquis poetis parce, sed severiore iudicio, selectae, cum brevioribus sententiis ac proverbiis ex autoribus Graecis et Latinis quibus subiungitur alterius delectus specimen ex nuperis maxime poetis ab electoribus praetermissis. This is one of those books prepared for the schoolboys of Eton, "in usum scholae Etonensis." This is the 11th edition of this clearly popular book; you can find earlier editions at Google Books, too. The book iwas originally authored by Claude Lancelot in 1659. The books begins with a large selection of Martial, followed by other classical poets, and then more recent Latin poets. The Latin poems are accompanied by notes in Latin. The appendix of sententiae contain the expected material from Publilius Syrus but also a lovely selection of brief items from the Latin poets.