PREFACE

THIS work is in some measure a companion and supplement to Primitive Culture in Greece, although it can be read quite independently of it. Like it, the book is not for the specialist, but for the general reader who wishes to know something of the beginnings of a great and notable civilization, the effects of which are still to be seen in our modern culture. Therefore elaborate documentation has not been attempted, and also, for the sake of brevity, many things are stated as facts which the student of such matters knows to be more or less hypothetical. I have, however, tried not to leave the reader without means of inquiring further into the matter and satisfying himself, if he is so inclined, as to the correctness, or otherwise, of the views I have put forward. As Latin is a language somewhat better known to the educated public than Greek, I have been somewhat less sparing than in the companion work of references to original authorities, especially as most of them can be had in translation. Also, since the late W. Warde Fowler taught me to take a deep interest in the religion of ancient Italy, I have ventured here and there to introduce, at doubtful points, views of my own. My indebtedness, however, both to Warde Fowler and to the great foreign masters of the subject, especially Mommsen and Wissowa, will be apparent to anyone acquainted with Italian antiquities who reads what I have written.

H. J. ROSE

ABERYSTWYTH JULY, 1926

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I - Introductory 1
  • Notes on Chapter I 20
  • Chapter II - Race, Religion and Culture 22
  • Notes on Chapter II 41
  • Chapter III - The Gods 42
  • Notes on Chapter IIi 61
  • Chapter IV - Worship and Magic 63
  • Notes on Chapter IV 85
  • Chapter V - Worship and Magic (continued): The Calendar 87
  • Notes on Chapter V 110
  • Chapter VI - Tabus, Priests, and Kings 111
  • Notes on Chapter VI 130
  • Chapter VII - Their Exits and Their Entrances 131
  • Notes on Chapter VIi 158
  • Chapter VIII - Family and Clan 159
  • Notes on Chapter VIii 179
  • Chapter IX - The Law. I. Crimes and Torts 180
  • Notes on Chapter IX 201
  • Chapter X - The Law. II. Property; Public Opinion; Status, Etc. 203
  • Notes on Chapter X 224
  • Chapter XI - Some Negative Considerations. Conclusion 226
  • Notes on Chapter XI 242
  • Bibliography 244
  • Index 247
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