Sidelights on Greek History: Three Lectures on the Light Thrown by Greek Inscriptions on the Life and Thought of the Ancient World

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PREFACE

WHEN the Academic Council of the University of London honoured me with an invitation to deliver a course of three lectures on some subject connected with the Classics, it expressed a hope that the lectures so given might subsequently be published. This will, I hope, serve as a sufficient justification for offering this little book to a wider audience than that which heard its contents at University College on 26th February and 5th and 12th March, 1931. They appear here almost word for word as they were then spoken, for I have felt that little, if any, advantage was to be gained by divesting them of the traits which are natural in lectures and substituting those more appropriate to a book. In any case, I trust that those readers who feel (and none can feel more acutely than I) the inadequacy of the discussion afforded in the following pages to the subjects with which they deal will by the very form of treatment be reminded of the inevitable limitations under which a lecturer suffers.

A few notes are added at the close of each lecture to enable students who are so minded to follow up for themselves the lines of thought suggested in the text.

M. N. T.

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