Excerpt from The Genuine Epistles of the Apostolical Fathers: St. Clement, St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp, St. Barnabas, the Pastor of Hermas; And an Account of the Martyrdoms of St. Ignatius and St. Polycarp Having, in the second edition of "The Apostolical Fathers," so far improved the translation I before published of them, as to render it almost a new work, it will be necessary for me to give some account of the changes that have been made in it, and what advantages I have had for the making of them. The Epistles of St. Clement had been so correctly set forth from the Alexandrian manuscript, by the learned Mr. Patrick Young, that having no other copy to recur to, there are no considerable alterations to be expected in the present edition of them. And yet, even in these, I have not only carefully reviewed my translation, and compared it with the original Greek, and corrected whatsoever I thought to be less exact in it, but, by the help of a new and more accurate collation of Mr. Young's copy, with that venerable MS. from which it was taken, I have amended some places in the text itself, which had hitherto escaped all the editors of these epistles. For this I was beholden to the friendly assistance of the very learned and pious Dr. Grabe; to whose ready help these Apostolical Fathers owe a great part of that exactness, with which, I presume, they will appear in this edition of them. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.