This book contains a slightly expanded and revised versionof the four Carl Newel1 Jackson Lectures that
had thehonor to deliver at Harvard University in April
Mygratitude to the eminent founder of these lectures can onlybe incompletely expressed in these few pages.The Department of Classics and its chairnian, GlenBowersock-comes and, for much of the tirne, a discreetlycourteous tribunus voluptatu~n-together with so manysenior and junior members
Harvard University, madea solemn and potentially taxing experience into an occasionto learn rnore every day in an
of unmodifieddelight.The work for these lectures wzs begun in the Universityof California, at Berkeley, and was continued in the HistoryDepartment of Royal Holloway College, at the University ofLondon.
would be happy if the reader sllould perceive, as
would wish hirri to, that some of the warnntl~ nd intellectualstimulation of those two environments has lingered in thesepages. For it is there, as also among tliose Inany figures atHarvard, whom
had long admired and tllen found to befriends as well as colleagues and sure-footed guides, that