The aim of this little book is different. As a tutor in Roman History, I have at times been accused by worried pupils of delighting over much in the heuristic method. This simply means that I like asking them questions and dislike impart ing information in tabloid shape. This is really the main object of this book also — to ask questions, to suggest to any student who may read it subjects for his own consideration and research. It has certainly not been my primary object to tell once more the often-repeated tale of Rome's history. To be in charge of a working-party in a trench has some advantages as well as responsibilities. To direct, to encourage, at times to take a hand this is similarly my desire in this book. Above all, it is meant to provoke enquiry, if not dissent, by the workers (a proceeding viewed with less favour in a trench). I hope that its main feature may turn out to be as it were a menu to the banquet. If taken as the banquet itself it will be Barmecide fare.