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A DEFENCE OF

CLASSICAL EDUCATION

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED

LONDON. BOMBAY CALCUTTA MADRAS

MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

NEW YORK. BOSTON CHICAGO

DALLAS. SAN FRANCISCO

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD.

TORONTO

CLASSICAL EDUCATION

BY

R. W. LIVINGSTONE

FELLOW AND ASSISTANT TUTOR OF CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED
ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON

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PREFACE

THIS book owes much to the constant help of my wife; and I should also like to express my gratitude for suggestions and criticism to Dr. F. C. S. Schiller and Mr. A. E. Zimmern, who have read most of it in manuscript.

PREFACE TO THE SECOND IMPRESSION

EXCEPT for some corrections on points of detail, for which I am indebted to correspondents and reviewers, no changes have been made in this edition. I should like to take this opportunity of quoting a passage from Mr. W. B. Yeats' "Reveries," to which Mr. F. W. Hall of St. John's College, Oxford, has called my attention. It is not only a notable tribute to the Classics, but also a just comment on the view that translations of Latin and Greek authors are adequate substitutes for the originals. Speaking of his father, he says (p. 109): "All he said was, I now believe, right, but he should have taken me away

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