The social institutions, manners, and customs of an ancient people must always be of deep interest for all
those to whom nothing is indifferent that is human. But even for modern thinkers, engrossed in the practical
problems of our advanced civilization, the records of antiquity have a direct value. We are better able to deal
with the complicated questions of the day if we are acquainted with the simpler issues of the past. We may not
set them aside as too remote to have any influence upon us. Not long ago men looked to Greece and Rome for
political models. We can hardly estimate the...
In preparing a new edition of Dr. Lord's great work, the "Beacon Lights of History," it has been necessary to
make some rearrangement of lectures and volumes. Dr. Lord began with his volume on classic "Antiquity,"
and not until he had completed five volumes did he return to the remoter times of "Old Pagan Civilizations"
(reaching back to Assyria and Egypt) and the "Jewish Heroes and Prophets." These issued, he took up again
the line of great men and movements, and brought it down to modern days.
The following pages are intended to place before the reader in a handy form an account of the principal ideas and beliefs held by the ancient Egyptians concerning the resurrection and the future life, which is derived wholly from native religious works. The literature of Egypt which deals with these subjects is large and, as was to be expected, the product of different periods which, taken together, cover several thousands of years; and it is exceedingly difficult at times to reconcile the statements and beliefs of a writer of one period with those of a writer of another. ...
The antiquity of Poetry The greatness of Poets Their influence on Civilization The true poet one of the rarest
of men The pre-eminence of Homer, Dante, Shakspeare, and Goethe Characteristics of Dante His precocity
His moral wisdom and great attainments His terrible scorn and his isolation State of society when Dante was
born His banishment Guelphs and Ghibellines Dante stimulated to his great task by an absorbing sentiment
Beatrice Dante's passion for Beatrice analyzed The worship of ideal qualities the foundation of lofty love The
mystery of love Its exalted realism Dedication of Dant...