By Benjamin Farrington
The four essays which make up this volume treat four great movements of ancient thought historically.
The first essay discusses the character of the great early period of Greek science.
The second traces the effects on the art and science of medicine of social changes affecting the attitude to manual work and the manual worker.
Stoicism, as a living and developing movement in a changing environment, forms the subject of the third essay.
The fourth shows how the mild religion and bold science of Epicurus threatened to rob superstition of its police function and alarmed the governing class.