XI
THE PLACE OF THE CLASSICS IN
IMPERIAL STUDIES

AN ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE MIDLAND INSTITUTE, BIRMINGHAM, FEBRUARY 23, 1925.

IN the choice of this subject for an address to your Institute, I have followed what I believe to be the admirable tradition which it has followed for the half-century and more of its existence, that of placing before its members, and before the large public, matters not of local and temporary interest only, but those which have a wider bearing, whether in the sphere of science and industry, of letters and art, or of political and social organisation. That the Classics have a high and peculiar value, a function which should be recognised and secured in the life not only of the city or the nation but of the Empire, is the claim which I ask you to consider, and the conclusion for which I hope to gain--or may I rather say, to confirm?-- your acceptance.

Nowhere can such a claim be urged more suitably than in this great centre of English life, linked as it is through its industries and commerce with all the British Dominions, prominent as it stands in the development of civic institutions, in

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