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date: 13 August 2020

(p. vi) Acknowledgments

(p. vi) Acknowledgments

One of ancient Rome's most celebrated moralists after exiting the house of bondage deposited wisdom as a freedman on the relations that precept our obligations. “When you are eating with another,” Epictetus observed, “remember to look not only to the value for the body of the things set before you, but also to the value of the behaviour toward the host which ought to be observed.” For inviting us to the table, we would like to thank Christopher Wheeler, History Publisher at Oxford University Press. His fine staff—Matthew Cotton, Carol Bestley, and Jackie Pritchard—helped us diligently each step of the way through the various courses necessary to finish the meal.

Work at Paquette's end of the operation benefited repeatedly from the generous support of the independent Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI). He would like to thank in particular Carl B. Menges without whom the AHI would have remained in 2007 little more than a dream of a cranky traditionalist.

A volume of this sort—a decidedly multi-year endeavour—requires, above all, time. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina, and Lacy K. Ford, Jr., Chair of USC's Department of History, understood the importance of time and granted Smith the flexibility he needed to conclude his labors, he remains grateful for their support. Both editors thank Robert Ellis for invaluable help in preparing the index.