By Richard Bentley
The yr 1962 marks the tercentenary of the start of Richard Bentley (1662–1742), grasp of Trinity collage, Cambridge, editor of Paradise Lost, yet mostly and justly recognized as one of many maximum classical students. To mark the development, the college of Toronto Press is issuing a different reprint of Alexander Dyce’s version of the Epistola (1691), the paintings which first introduced Bentley repute, and which has lengthy been out of print.
This Latin workout was once referred to as forth by means of a type of unsatisfied productions which, mediocre themselves, have had the ailing success to draw the inspection of genius. within the 8th or 9th century A.D., Joannes Malelas of Antioch, a Greek author, tried a chronological checklist of mankind and in it he had recourse to call or quote from classical works not extant. English students within the 17th century ready a translation of the chronicle into Latin and an accompanying observation; previous to its book, less than the ultimate editorship of John Mill, Bentley used to be given a chance to learn proof-sheets and the outcome was once the Epistola, a set frequently of a few twenty-five notes upon statements present in or subject matters advised through Malelas. This remarkable functionality by means of a pupil of 29 strikes from one subject to a different over quite a lot of historical literature, explaining or correcting a few sixty Greek and Latin authors. The notes should not a lot a remark at the outdated chronicler as a collection of incredible dissertations pegged upon a random set of appalling howlers, they usually display prodigious info and reward of divination. Bentley’s kind in Latin is apparent and lively and pro with collection of citation. The Epistola immediately secured for its author the celebrity reserved for males of the rarest excellence and this vintage between educational productions continues to be charged with strength to coach and encourage the scholarship of one other era.
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