sequence of the story of the ages ; so far, at least, as they contain
the history of humanity. From the Delta of the Nile, under the
shadow of the Pyramids, the primaeval colonists radiated forth on
every side, Eastward to Phoenicia and to Persia, Northward to
Asia Minor and the Black Sea, Westward to Greece and Italy;
and then, in its turn, each fresh settlement, as it overflowed its
boundaries, ' radiated' forth in ever new waves of conquest. We
have proof of this theory in conditions of society lasting to the
present day. Ifence, too, beneath the same law of radiation com-
menced the two forms of social complication which underlie domestic
revolution—the stratification formed by the successive layers of
conquering invaders, and the anomalies in the tenure of land."
" Good scholarly work, and much food for quiet thought, will be
found between the covers of ' The Drama of Empire.' It is a book
that all philosophical students of the world's history ought to read,
mark, learn, and inwardly digest."
" Mr. W. Marsham Adams has in his book, ' The Drama of
Empire,' done something for the philosophy of history. We have
lew works giving a comprehensive survey of the social and political
development of mankind."
"Mr. Adams is a suggestive and ingenious writer, who brings lo
his task a great store of miscellaneous learning, and has very care-
fully studied the development of ancient law and institutions."
THE ORIGIN AND DIFFUSION OF
A LECTURE DELIVERED FOR THE OXFORD
" A lecture on the Origin and Diffusion of Alphabets was de-
livered at Oxford yesterday (August 22,1892) by Mr. W. Marsham