Flames Over Persepolis

by Mortimer Wheeler. Rcynal, $8.95.

Mr. Wheeler, although immensely learned, writes with terse, impish charm. His text suggests enthusiastic conversation rather than formal history, but history, in fact, it is — a study of the lingering impact, largely artistic, of Alexander’s Eastern campaign on the regions subjected to that astonishing incursion. Recent archaeological discoveries provide what is called, in more frivolous fields, a surprise ending. The illustrations are most artfully chosen and conveniently placed.