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Translated by several Hands.
To which is added,
tullus, Tibullus and Propertius. And Translations
With a Poem on TELEMACHUS,
And an Essay on Poetry, by
The whole Adorn'd with Cuts.
W.Taylor in Pater-noster-Row, W. Brand and J. Kent, Temple.
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PREFA C E.
Oncerning the Difficulty of Tran-
l nothing, tho the French Tran19 fiator bas bestow'd half his
Preface to enforce it, because if the Difficulty
Having said in few words all that was ne.
and to give some few Remarks upon its Author. · There are some People that are prepossessid with a Prejudice against the Works of Petronius Arbiter, not from their own Reading, or Knowledge of the Matter, but from a sort of traditional Calumny, that the Devotees have rais'd against him. But such I desire to per. use the Life of Petronius without prejudice, and what I here shall offer in his Defence against those Censures which unfair Criticks or gross Ignorance have laid upon him.
We have nothing to fear from any Charge on the Defe&t of his Wit, and the Purity of his Stile, his Fame for that is but too upell esta: blish'd all Europe over, and his Party every where too numerous to apprebend an Attaque from that fide, for I may venture to assert, that Petronius is not much less admir'd now, than he was in ancient Rome; for our Age, by an admirable circulation of Temper, bas very much of that of the time in which our Author liv’d, and of which he has left us so agreeable a Draught.
This general Inclination to Petronius is not confind to thofe learned Men of my $cquaint ance, but reaches all such who have eper discover'd any just claim to Knowledge