The Golden Age of Athens is the setting for Olivia Coolidge's short stories depicting the life and of this civilization. The intrigues of the Persian court at Sardis, the Olympic games in which Criton scores victories for Athens, the simple market place where the common artisan struggles to create an outstanding product, a political wrangle in which Thermistocles, the Athenian, outwits the Spartans,-these are a few of the subjects. There is a legendary quality to the story of the birth of Pericles and a symbolic significance to the death of Socrates. In general, the flavor of life during the Golden Age is captured in one dimension. More appealing to the intellect than the emotions because of the scholarly approach, students already interested in Antiquity will find the collection inviting.