19 JULY 1919, Page 22

We have received from the University of Wisconsin an attractive

and scholarly volume of Classical Studies, dedicated to Professor C. F. Smith, on the completion of his twenty-fifth year of service, by his colleagues. The most interesting of these essays is Miss Katharine Allen's examination of the fairly numerous references to Britain in Roman literature from Lucretius, Catullus, and Cicero down to Juvenal and Martial. She notes how, after Agricola's Northern campaign, Roman writers often referred to Britain as Caledonia. She thinks that the interest which Romans took in Britain has been under- estimated. She gives some admirable quotations. We may mention also an interesting essay on the much-debated Herades of Euripides by Mr. G. L. Hendrickson--who does not share Professor Vorrall's dislike of the play—and a discussion by Mr. A. G. Laird of Herodotus's familiar and incredible account of the army of Xerxes.