BOOKS: New History

THE LIFE OF GREECE—Will Durant—Simon and Schuster ($3.95).

For more than a century the study of ancient Greece has been thinning out in Europe and the U. S., becoming a luxury or a slightly silly passion, a rare specialty with scholars, a cliché or nothing to the people at large. Greek is hard to learn (though not much harder than German) and U. S. education has generally dispensed with it. Available translations are often out of date or poor and first-rate writers have had more pressing interests than to improve upon them. People who...

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