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PHALARIDIS

AGRIGENTINORUM TYRANNl

EPISTOLAE.

EX MSS RECENSUIT, VERSIONE, ANNOTATIONIBUS, ET VITA INSUPER AUTHORIS DONAVIT CAR. BOYLE EX AEDE CHRISTI

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[Translation of Boyle's Latin preface]

He who takes up these Epistles will derive less benefit from an enquiry into their authorship than satisfaction from the discovery that they are worthy his perusal. For their authorship he must consult the conflicting opinions of the learned, perhaps without result ; for their value he may with greater profit con- sult his own. Yet, not to disappoint the curious, even though the importance of the controversy is not such as to justify an eager partisanship, I will set forth in a few words what seem to me to be the probabilities on

both sides of the question.

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