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1. An Inquiry whether a Catalogue of the
Armies fent into the Field is an effential
2. An Examination of the Catalogue of Silius
3. A minute Examination of Horace's Journey
to Brundufium, and of Cicero's Journey into
5. A Differtation on the Subject of Medals,
6. An Account of a Letter addressed to Cocchi,
by Chevalier L. G. Aretino, refpecting
fome Tranfactions in the Cifalpine Gallic
War. A. U. C. 529,
7. Upon the Triumphs of the Romans,
8. An Account of a MS. by the Abbé G. V.
1. Note to the Preface of the First Volume,
4. Note to the Preface of the Third Volume,
to the Effay fur l'Etude de la Littérature, 192
to the Critical Obfervations on the Defign
of the Sixth Book of the Eneid,
to the Vindication of the Hiftory of the
ON DIFFERENT SUBJECTS.
23d December 1763.
ALL epic poets feem to confider an exact catalogue
of the armies which they fend into the field, and of the heroes by whom they are commanded, as a neceffary and effential part of their poems. A commentator is obliged to juftify this practice; but to what reader did it ever give pleasure? Such catalogues destroy the interest and retard the progrefs of the action, when our attention to it is most alive. All the beauties of detail, and all the ornaments of poetry, fcarcely fuffice to amufe our wearinefs; a weariness produced by fuch enumerations even in hiftorical works, but which are pardoned in them, because neceffary. In hiftory, the victory commonly depends on the number and quality of the troops; but in epic poetry, it is always decided by the protection of the gods and the marvellous valor of the hero. Achilles is invincible; his myrmidons are fcarcely known. Homer has indeed given a catalogue; yet this perhaps VOL. VII.