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Memorandum by Gerard E. Stack to Thomas Jefferson on Curriculum for Charlottesville Academy, [April–May 1819]

Memorandum by Gerard E. Stack on Curriculum for Charlottesville Academy

[April–May 1819]

The following course of classical education is proposed by Mr S. for the Charlottesville Academy.

Latin  Greek
Mair’s Introduction. Testament. John & Acts.
Cesar. 4 Books. Lucian. Murphy 2 Books
Prosody. Nelson’s Exercises.
Sallust. Cataline & Jugu war. Xenophon 4 Books.
Virgil. Ecl. Eneid 6 Books, & Georgics. Epictetes. Tabula.1 Cleanthes.
Horace. Odes, Satires, Epistles & Art of Poetry. Homer 12 Books.
Juvenal. 1. 2. 3. 10. 13. 14 Satires. Persius. Demosthenes. περι στεφανου.
Terence 3 Comedies. Longinus.
Cicero’s Orations Antiquities Potter.
Livy 5 Books.
Tacitus. Antiquities2 Adams or Kennet.
Composition in Latin prose & Verse in imitation of the Latin Poets.
Gradus ad parnassum.
Virgil the last 6 Books
Terence  〃 〃 3 Comedies.
Livy 〃 〃 40 Books
Xenophon  the last 4 Books.
Homer the last 12 Books
Cicero de oratore Euripidis.
Pliny’s Letters. Sophocles.3
French. }

MS (ViU: TJP); in Stack’s hand; undated; endorsed by TJ: “Stack.”

nelson’s exercises: William Neilson, Greek Exercises, in Syntax, Ellipsis, Dialects, Prosody, and Metaphrasis (2d ed., Edinburgh, 1806, and other eds.; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 13 [no. 851]). Περὶ τοῦ Στεφάνου (περι στεφανου): On the Crown. gradus ad parnassum (“a step toward Parnassus”) was “a dictionary of prosody” long in use “in English public schools, intended as an aid in Latin versification” (OED; for TJ’s copies, specific edition unknown, see Sowerby, no. 4798; Poor, Jefferson’s Library, 13 [no. 872]).

telemachus was François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon, Les Avantures de Telemaque (Paris, 1699, and other eds.; Sowerby, nos. 4305–7), while gil-blas was Alain René Le Sage, Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (Paris, 1715–35; repr. London, 1769; Sowerby, no. 4346).

1TJ mistakenly interlined “Cebetis” (Cebes of Thebes) above the next, not the preceding, word.

2Manuscript: “Antiqiuties.”

3Recto ends here.

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  • Memorabilia (Xenophon) search
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  • Potter, John (Archbishop of Canterbury); Archæologia Græca: or the Antiquities of Greece search
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