|Author||Samuel G. Goodrich|
|Publication Date||June 23, 2012|
The reader of these pages will perhaps remark, that the length of the following sketches is hardly proportioned to the relative importance of the several subjects, regarded in a merely historical point of view. In explanation of this fact, the author begs leave to say, that, while he intended to present a series of the great beacon lights that shine along the shores of the past, and thus throw a continuous gleam over the dusky sea of ancient history, he had still other views. His chief aim is moral culture; and the several articles have been abridged or extended, as this controlling purpose might be subserved. It may be proper to make one observation more. If the author has been somewhat more chary of his eulogies upon the great men that figure in the pages of Grecian andR oman story, than is the established custom, he has only to plead in his vindication, that he has viewed them in the same light weighed them in the same balance measured them by the same standard, as he should have done the more familiar characters of our own day, making due allowance for the times and circumstances in which they acted.
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