I am most grateful to Christopher Wheeler of Oxford University Press for the original invitation to edit this volume, and to Stephanie Ireland of OUP for helping to see the volume into print. My friends and colleagues at Edinburgh, Harry Dickinson, Frances Dow, and Owen Dudley Edwards, read and commented on much of the text, as did my friend and former colleague from University College Dublin, James McGuire. Other, anonymous, reviewers also helped greatly. I am most grateful to them, and to Laura Drummond, Niko Ovenden, and Lorraine Stewart: Niko, and latterly Laura and Lorraine, have offered critical support during my years as Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Edinburgh, and helped enormously with the editing of the Handbook.
Edinburgh, March 2013