|| The three
lectures published here were delivered at Washington University in St.
Louis in the spring of 1997 when I was privileged to hold the John and
Penelope Biggs Visitorship in Classics. Among the many individuals at Washington
University who extended a liberal welcome to my wife and myself, I wish
to thank in particular Prof. George M. Pepe, Chairman of the Department
of Classics, Dr. and Mrs. Edward Macias, Prof. Sarantis Symeonoglou, Prof.
Susan Rotroff and Prof. Robert D. Lamberton. I further hope that this publication,
in the new form of electronic communication, will serve to make the Biggs
Visitorship and its contribution to classical studies better known throughout