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Note from 'Books Read and Study Made' chapter from 'Memoirs Of My Life And Writing' by Gibbon

JOURNAL, January, 1757. — I began to study algebra under M. de Traytorrena, went through the elements of algebra and geometry, and the three first books of the Marquis de I'Hôpital's Conic Sections. I also read Tibullus, Catullus, Propertius, Horace (with Dacier's and Torrentiua's notes), Virgil, Ovid's Epistles, with Meziriac's Commentary, the Ars Amandi, and the Elegies; likewise the Augustus and Tiberius of Suetonius, and a Latin translation of Dion Cassius, from the death of Julius Caesar to the death of Augustus. I also continued my correspondence begun last year with M. Allamand of Bea, and the Professor Breitinger of Zurich; and opened a new one with the Professor Geaner of Gottingen.

N.B. — Last year and this, I read St. John's Gospel, with part of Xenophon's Cyropaedia; the Iliad, and Herodotus: but, upon the whole, I rather neglected my Greek.

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