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But in Plautus , skilful choice must be used by the master , to train his scholar to a
judgement , in cutting out perfectly over old and unproper words . Cęsar's
Commentaries are to be read with all curiosity , wherein especially , ( without all ...
Of this short time of pureness of the Latin tongue , for the first forty years of it , and
all the time before , we have no piece of learning left , save Plautus and Terence ,
I with a little rude imperfect pamphlet of the elder Cato . And as for Plautus ...
plentiful storehouse for common eloquence in mean matters , and all private
men's affairs , as the Latin tongue , for that respect , hath not the like again . When
I remember the worthy time of Rome wherein Plautus did live , I must needs
The metre and verse of Plautus and Terence be very mean , and not to be
followed ; which is not their reproach , but the fault of the time wherein they wrote
, when no kind of poetry in the Latin tongue was brought to perfection ; as doth
And thus much for Plautus and Terence , for matter , tongue , and metre ; what is
to be followed and what to be eschewed in them . After Plautus and Terence , no
writing remaineth until Tully's time , except a few short fragments of L. Crassus's ...
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essential reading, from an observer in 'flat English' language at a time when world affairs centered in and around Vienna and were essentially continental.
Quoted as first liner in a fascinating book on Anglo-French Entente under le Grand Toy, Louis XIV and the Merry Monarch, Charles II.
Full of candor, at a time when the political discourse was still amenable to compromise and chivalry, gallantry, so Ascham's remarks letters oin the Habsburg Empire, hence to Metternich and his pickup by Henry Kissinger - show the long ptrocxessof diplomacy that is not necessarily mad policy.
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The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth
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