This volume contains thirteen papers on Roman History which Prof. Pelham published at various times and in various places, together with three which he left in manuscript and which seem worthy of print. I regret very much that there has been some delay in its preparation. But that delay will perhaps show more clearly the reason for its publication. It is not meant simply as a memorial of a distinguished Oxford professor, which might merit a succés d'estime. It is a collection of papers which, though written for the most part several years ago, are nevertheless--so far as I can judge--still valuable and likely long to remain valuable to students of Roman History. They fill what would otherwise be void places in our English literature of the subject. They do not deserve to be sunk in that ocean of modern periodicals which is at once Chaos and Lethe.
They are arranged in consecutive chapters, following the chronological order of their subjects. Two short chapters refer to the history of the Republic: the rest of the volume deals with the Early Empire, and in particular with the home policy of Augustus (pp. 49-152), the frontier policy of the first two centuries (pp. 164-223), and some important agrarian questions (pp. 274 foll.). In preparing them for the press, I have introduced few serious changes. It is an editor's duty to let his author speak, and indeed these papers need in general no 'bringing up to date'. I have corrected a few definite errors . . .