This is as good as the former text is dull. Monroe Stearns has done a skillful blend of mythology, legend and history. He has made his gods as much a part of Rome's story as the Popes and Kings of later years. He links the city as it must have been with the gradual uncovering of the ruins, so that the segments of temples, baths, and so on come alive and one envisions them as they were-and the way of life and the people who brought them into being. This makes excellent supplementary reading for beginning Latin students- a good companion for young travelers to Italy, a book of permanent value.