BOOKS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF ANTIQUITY

THE best short introduction to the study of Ancient Times j. is The Dawn of History, by J. L. Myers (Home University Library, Thornton Butterworth Limited), and Anthropology, by R. R. Marett (Home University Library, Thornton Butterworth Limited). Both of these books are lucid and illuminating expositions by acknowledged masters of their subjects. A book by Leakey, Adam's Ancestors (Methuen), carries the story of mankind further back than it has ever been carried before. J. H. Breasted's Ancient Times (Ginn and Co.) should be read also. A. Toynbee in A Study of History has published three

CENTRAL HEATING 2000 YEARS AGO. Comforts like these were introduced by the Romans ail over their Empire. Note the flat bricks and the grill windows.

volumes of what promises to be the greatest and ablest history of civilisation. D. G. Hogarth's The Ancient East (Home University Library, Thornton Butterworth Limited), gives a brief but very helpful survey of the history of Babylonia and Egypt. Good introductory volumes to the history of Egypt are published in the Home University Library, Thomton Butterworth Limited, and by the Oxford University Press. There is a brief history of The Peoples and Problems of India, by Holderness (Macmillan), and many histories such as The Early History of India, by V. A. Smith and The Student's History of India, by the same author (both Oxford University Press). H. A. Giles, The Civilisation of China (Home University Library, Thornton Butterworth Limited) surveys Chinese history from 1000 B.C. up to modern times. The best way to understand the Greeks is to read their writings. Good translations of most of the authors mentioned in the text are to be found in the " Everyman's Library " or " The World's Classics." The most fascinating of all books about the ancient Greeks and Romans is Plutarch's Parallel Lives of the Greeks and Romans (Dent), a collection of intimate biographies crammed with anecdotes and incidents. W. Warde Fowler's City-state of the Greeks and Romans (Macmillan) is indispensable and can be followed by J. B. Bury's History of Greece (Macmillan) which goes down to the death of Alexander. A sympathetic and penetrating study of Greek civilisation is The Greek Commonwealth, by A. E. Zimmern (Oxford University Press). W. Warde Fowler's Rome (Home University Library, Thornton Butterworth Limited) is a good introduction to Roman history, and can be followed by H. F. Pelham's Outlines of Roman History (Rivington). Longer works are Mommsen's History of Rome (Dent) and Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The latter is a work of literature as well as a history book. Read it at all costs.