13 NOVEMBER 1926, Page 26

OVID AND HIS INFLUENCE. By Edward Kinnaird Rand. (Harrap. 5s.

net.)—The well-known Professor of Latin at Harvard, who has lately received an honorary degree at Oxford, gives a taste of his quality in this charming little book on Ovid. It is written for the unlearned public, as one of many volumes in a series illustrating " Our Debt to Greece and Rome "—a series that has only been made possible, like the Loeb Classics, by the generosity of private American citizens. Professor Rand describes Ovid's works, traces his influence through the ages, the queer legends that taaame attached to his name and the heroic efforts of monkish'. preceptors to moralize his poems, and finally proclaims him- imnautal because he was and is modern through his wit, his• art, his creative fancy.