All Landmark editions begin with an informative Introduction written by a qualified scholar that discusses what is known about the ancient author’s life, his methods, and relevant facts about his world. They also contain a number of explanatory Appendices on various topics by a number of scholars. It is hoped that these will provide a sufficient minimum of explanatory and/or background information to help a general reader better understand and relate to the text. Relevant paragraphs in the introduction and the individual appendices are cited by footnote throughout the text, so that the readers will know where to look for explanation or further information. A glance at the Contents page will show how many topics were deemed necessary for such elaboration.
In addition, every Landmark edition contains a full Chronological Outline of the text which lists the narrative’s main events by book and chapter as well as date and location They also offer the most thorough and complete Index that can be found to any English translation of these text, a Glossary of terms and a short bibliography specifically designed for the general reader who might wish to learn more about what is known or has been written about the ancient author or his work. [Next page]