Excerpt from The History of Ancient Civilization: A Hand-Book Based Upon M. Gustave Ducoudray's Histoire Sommaire De La Civilisation
The civilization of Greece, which was the outcome of individual thought, whether embodied in literature, art, or life, the civilization of Rome, which was the outcome of corporate action, whether embodied in conquest, organization, or administration, are most fully understood in their influence on the development of mankind when viewed side by side with the earlier civilizations of the East. Such a comprehensive view of ancient civilization this handbook is intended to facilitate, especially for students in the more advanced classes of schools. It may, perhaps, be useful to older students also, as a grouping together of knowledge already acquired.
The present work is based on M. Ducoudray's "Histoire Sommaire de la Civilisation." The translation was carefully made by an experienced hand; but the work cannot now be called a translation, for a large part, especially to accounts of Greek literature and art, and Latin literature, has been rewritten for the sake of greater accuracy and fuller information.
In rewriting as well as in correcting, I have freely used the works of the best authorities.
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