The present work is an attempt to aid in the solution of some of the chief problems of early Greek history by the employment of the inductive method. The nature of the questions involved rendered it necessary to deal to a considerable extent with the early archaeology and ethnology of the upper Balkan peninsula, central Europe and Italy.
The first volume treats of the monumental, traditional and linguistic aspects of the subject, whilst the second volume, which is now in the press and will shortly be issued, will chiefly deal with institutions and religion.
The general principles developed in the present work have already been put forward before several learned bodies and in several journals; the references to these publications are given at the beginning of each chapter in which the particular doctrine has been expanded.
T have been encouraged to proceed with my investigations by the favourable reception which my first attempts have received from men so eminent in their own departments as M. Salomon Reinach, Sir John Evans, Prof. Flinders Petrie, and Dr Minim, and by the fact that discoveries since made, such as those at Phylakopi, seem to confirm the views which I had ventured to put forward.