National Geographic : 1968 Oct
reference book especially valuable to the family with school-age children. A big Classi cal Lands map tucks in a pocket at the back; on its reverse is a delightful bonus-the fa mous legends of gods and heroes presented in a mythological landscape. As I reviewed the zestful text, I was struck by the fact that in philosophy and science, in everyday customs and speech, we are all Greeks and Romans. Our Founding Fathers took over the Greek and Roman inventions of democracy and re public. They proudly placed on the Great Seal of the United States the eagle of Zeus, holding his thunderbolts and the olive branch of peace, together with the Latin phrase: E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One). Our Senate and our system of checks and balances are as Roman as the dome of our Capitol, inspired by the Pantheon. A companion volume published last year, Everyday Life in Bible Times, has proved to be one of the most popular books the Society has ever published (525,000 copies in print). I feel certain that member families will find equal pleasure and value in this beautifully illustrated new volume, Greece and Rome: Builders of Our World. THE END Buying time with their lives, a small band of Greeks take their immortal stand against Xerxes' Persian armies at the narrow pass of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Though slaughtered, the Greeks stalled the enemy and enabled fellow warriors to turn the tide of war.