Five Men; Character Studies from the Roman Empire

Five Men; Character Studies from the Roman Empire

Five Men; Character Studies from the Roman Empire

Five Men; Character Studies from the Roman Empire

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These lectures, which were delivered in Oberlin, upon the Charles B. Martin Foundation, in February 1935, are purely descriptive. My purpose has been throughout simply to tell a story -- to set before the reader certain types of people, their life and their doings, and the way in which they fitted into the scheme of the Roman Empire. I have chosen real people to illustrate the types, save for The Merchant, which is a composite picture, and I have taken some pains to ensure that the story should be based upon the primary sources; those who wish to verify my statements will find notes and references at the end. If these studies encourage a reader to venture further in the history of the Roman Empire, I shall be glad.

It is a pleasant duty to acknowledge my gratitude to all who at Oberlin -- whether teachers or taught -- made my stay so delightful, more especially Professor and Mrs. Lord. Four friends, four busy men, spared time to help me with advice and suggestions: Dr. T. R. Glover and the Rev. E. E. Raven of St. John's College, Cambridge, and Professor David Magie of Princeton University, New Jersey, read these lectures in typescript, while Professor F. E. Adcock of King's College, Cambridge, read them in proof; it is difficult for me adequately to acknowledge their generosity. My thanks are due, also, in a large . . .

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