22 JULY 1927, Page 39

THE POLITICAL IDEAS OF THE GREEKS. By J. L. Myres.

(Arnold. I.4s.)—Professor My-res in this very able and interesting book examines in turn the Greeli notions of society, initiative, justice, law and freedom, discussing in detail the terms used by Homer and Herodotus, Plato and Aristotle, and illustrating Greek ideas from his own wide knowledge of comparative anthropology, The text, based on lectures delivIred at the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, is designed for readers who know no Greek, but classical students will find the notes full and convenient. Professor Myres shows once again that after two thousand years the Greek political philosophers have still a great deal to teach us, and not least in their insistence on the reasonable- ness which the good citizen of a democracy ought to display towards his fellows and the State as a whole. It is unreason- able, for instance, to expect that you can have it all your own way, to whatever party you belong, just as if you were a despot. But the mistake is often made by men of normal sanity who have never thought the matter out as Plato did.