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quality of the action. The analogies suggested by the rain-god of the Aurelian 
column are strained nor can the most docile reader find the "serious beauty" of 
the Sun on an altar of the third century "on a par with the finest Greek reliefs." 

Typographical errors are numerous, and although any thoughtful reader 
can correct them, they are disconcerting, and when "plan" is read for "plane," 
"latter" for "later," "Contemporary" for "Quarterly," they may be misleading, 
while inaccurate citations and confusion of direction in description are time- 
consuming. The book is not easy to handle, and should have been issued in 
two volumes for convenience and strength of binding. 

Alice Walton 

Wellesley College 

Thesaurus linguae Latinae epigraphicae: A Dictionary of the Latin 
Inscriptions. By George N. Oicott. Rome: Loescher & 
Co., 1906-7. Vol. I: Fascicles 5-10 (Adit-Alig). $0.50 per 

Since the purpose and scope of this lexicon have been discussed in a review of 
fasc. 1-4, in a previous number of this Journal (cf. Vol. I, p. 208), we may confine 
ourselves here to some special points of interest suggested by the parts before us. 
The important articles in this portion of the lexicon with the space allotted to them 
are aedes (14 columns), aediles (12 a), aeternus (16 a), ager (12 a), ago (12 c), and 
ala (24 a). 

A mere comparison of the space given by Oicott and de Ruggiero to the same 
words in their respective dictionaries suggests an essential point of difference 
between the two works. Thus, for instance, aerarium and Africa, terms of great 
institutional or historical interest, which have only 5 columns and 7 columns 
respectively in the Thesaurus cover 24 and 52 columns in the Dizionario. On the 
other hand, 12 columns are assigned by Oicott to ago, a word of great lexical inter- 
est, but of little technical importance, while it does not appear at all in de Rug- 
giero's work. 

The different fields which the two lexicons cover, so far as meanings go, may 
be seen clearly by examining the treatment in them of some word like aeternus. 
De Ruggiero has only the common form for the nominative; Oicott has 9 forms. 
Under the sub-heads domus, quies, etc., de Ruggiero gives simply the reference 
number to the CIL, while in the Thesaurus the phrase of interest from each 
inscription is quoted, Christian inscriptions are appropriately distinguished from 
pagan, and dates are given in many cases. A large number of interesting facts 
may, therefore, be inferred at once. We notice, for example, that the earliest 
known occurrence of Roma (urbs) aeterna seems to belong to the first century 
A. t>., antedating previously cited cases by many years (cf . F. G. Moore in T. A . P. A . 
XXXV, p. 39), that such phrases as aeternus somnus or quies aeterna are commoner 
in pagan, w hile aeterna vita is entirely or mainly confined to Christian inscriptions. 
Again Olcott's list of the occurrences of a word seems to be more nearly complete 


than that of de Ruggiero. This would naturally be the case in view of the differ- 
ent purposes of the two writers. It is of great convenience to the reader of the The- 
saurus to find not only the Corpus number of an inscription given, but also the 
titles of those which are well known, e. g., X 6638 {Fasti Antiates, 50 a. d.). For 
convenience in reference it would have been helpful to number, not the pages, but 
the columns of the book. 

This portion of the work maintains the high standard of excellence set by the 
earlier fascicles, and the successive parts are coming out so promptly as to hold 
out the hope that we may have the entire work in our hands within a reasonable 


Frank Frost Abbott 
The University of Chicago 

A Source Book of Greek History. By Fred Morrow Fling. Bos- 
ton: D. C. Heath & Co., 1907. Pp. xiii+370. $1.00. 

This book, like Munro's Source Book of Roman History, assumes to do 
virginibus puerisque the work that the compilations of G. F. Hill and of Green- 
ridge and Clay accomplish for the advanced student. With the aid of the text 
and the illustrations Mr. Fling proposes to have the student inducted "with gentle 
persistence" into an appreciation of the beauties of Greek life and Greek art. 
Quod bonum jaustum jelix sit! Furthermore the learner is to be made to realize 
what is meant by critical study of the sources. By handling the disjecta membra 
he is to find out how the historical megatherium is put together. This purpose 
is very laudable. However — and this is a difficulty which the author himself 
foresees — the success of such a method demands better training than in this 
country is commonly possessed by the teacher of ancient history. 

Mr. Fling's book will find its true place if it is used collaterally with a narrative 
history. Occasional recourse to it should furnish considerable illumination and 
suggestion. It is a pity, therefore, that the work was not in all respects well done. 
Of course no two men would agree in their choice of extracts for a compilation 
of this kind. In the main Mr. Fling's selections are judicious. But in a book 
which seeks to reflect the thought of the Greek people, Euripides, the poetic 
mouthpiece of rationalism, ought certainly to be represented. Not a word from 
Plato is inserted. In chap, viii we find only the "Xenophontischer" Socrates 
portrayed. A few pages of the Apology would be a welcome addition. But 
the unpardonable fault of omission in a source book of Greek history is the failure 
to include Greek inscriptions. If it be worth while, as Mr. Fling believes it is, 
to acquaint the pupil with historical evidence, he should not be dismissed absolutely 
innocent of the fact that no small part of our data is found outside of books, on 
stones, bronzes, and even on potsherds. 

In general one must approve Mr. Fling's selection of English versions from 
which to extract his material. Accessibility naturally influenced his choice when 
option existed. Aeschylus and Sophocles are quoted from Plumptre, and Pau-