The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, Paperback
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It's time for us to re-examine the past. Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks and Romans have given us in politics and law, religion and philosophy and education, and to learn how people really lived in Athens, Rome, Sparta and Alexandria.

This is a book with a serious point to make but the author isn't simply a classicist but a comedian and broadcaster who has made television and radio documentaries about humour, education and Dorothy Parker.

This is a book for us all. Whether political, cultural or social, there are endless parallels between the ancient and modern worlds.

Whether it's the murder of Caesar or the political assassination of Thatcher; the narrative arc of the hit HBO series The Wire or that of Oedipus; the popular enthusiasm for the Emperor Titus or President Obama - over and over again we can be seen to be living very much like people did 2,000 or more years ago.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9781846683244



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You know the names this is the detail of what was actually ment when it was originally said, quis custodiet ipsos custodes. A good read quite journalistic, the well known philosopher Fatso who may have got his name from a washing machine out of a catalogue, Plato and Ariston of Argos.I will have to get round to reading that copy of Tacitus I have had for years also get some Juvenal on my kindle and maybe read that copy of the Satyrycon

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