The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 419
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student an account of the history of Greece and Rome which is
substantially fuller than the one-volume or two-volume works
which are abundantly available, and yet less filled with scholarly
detail than the Cambridge Ancient History. Outstanding British
and American scholars have been selected for the writing of the
separate volumes. Each volume is equipped with a bibliography,
index, and maps.
The first of the volumes under review is by the General Editor
of the series. Beginning with the break-up of Alexander's empire,
it traces the fortunes of the Greek world through the stormy
period of the diadochi and of the Achaean and Aetolian Leagues
down to the destruction of Greek liberty by Rome. Adequate
space is devoted to the various parts of the Greek world, such
as the Farther East, Syria, and Asia Minor, the Balkan area,
Egypt, Sicily, and South Italy, as well as to Greece proper. The
historical narrative is supplemented by chapters on such subjects
as Hellenistic war-craft, the government of the various states and
municipalities, economic life, art, literature, science, philosophy,
and religion. Sixteen short appendices deal with special problems.
There are also stemmata of the Hellenistic dynasties.
The first of the volumes on Rome is by Dr. Scullard of the
University of London. He carries the narrative from the begin-
nings of Roman history, carefully evaluating the traditional ac-
count of Rome's founding in the light of the evidence of archae-
ology, and continues through the period of the expansion of
Rome's power until the virtual completion of its subjugation of
the Mediterranean world with the destruction of both Corinth
and Carthage in 146 B. C. Nearly one-fourth of the book is
given to the first and second Punic Wars. A reasonable amount
of space is allotted to the economic, social, and cultural side. Ten
appendices treat special problems. The very full chronological
table is a useful feature.
The second of the Roman volumes is by Professor Marsh of
The University of Texas. Writing in an attractive, readable style,
he recounts with admirable clarity the events of the turbulent
period of domestic struggle which resulted in the rise of the
military dictatorships and the downfall of the Republic. For the
general reader this is the most interesting and significant period
of Roman history, since it includes the social and economic re-
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