The present work is intended to supply the want of a good History of Greece for schools. It claims, however, to be regarded as somewhat more than a mere school-book. The idea of a popular epitome, which I have sought to realize in it, is, that while by clear, animated and graphic narrative it should interest the young, the views of society and of political measures and characters should be such as not to be disdained even by the statesman. In a country like this, where almost every one is called upon to take a part in politics, no species of knowledge is more indispensable than history. Under the guidance of sound sense, without which knowledge is of little avail, it is our surest protection against wild political theory, and enables us to think and act with confidence and security in public emergencies. Few, therefore, will deny that it is of importance that correct ideas on this subject should be instilled into the minds of youth, and that histories intended for their use should be something better than mere compilations. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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