A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd Been Taught At School
- Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 11 June 2009
- General Encyclopedias
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From my book review blog Rundpine:Fun and educational, The Classics: All You Need to Know from Zeus’s Throne to the Fall of Rome makes for an intriguing trivia book, refresher, or an introduction to the material. Taggart covers some heavy material expertly and with wit and enthusiasm for the topics beginning with the classical languages; Greek and Latin and ending with the Olympics, while in between are eight chapters covering the beginning of Ancient Greece, Rome, Classic Literature, Architecture and Art, Math and Science, and Liberal Arts. My favourite sections, if I had to choose would have been the in-depth over-view of mythologies and the mathematics and science sections. Overall, Taggart has compiled a book that classics lovers and trivia buffs alike will enjoy. My family and I had a lot of fun discussing many of the topics and making up our own post hoc propter hoc scenarios, that is the type of family we are. The Classics is well-written and delightfully fun as well as informative. I would recommend The Classics to anyone. JH/Rundpinne/2010
Caroline Taggart has written another fun and fascinating book, "The Classics". The author of "I used to Know That", has pulled together "All you need to know from Zeus's Throne to the Fall of Rome".Gods and Goddesses, architecture, law, math, literature are all explained, in an easy to understand format. The Mythology section was so interesting as well as the section on the section on words given us by he ancients. I am such a sucker for words!The Iliad and The Odyssey, classical theater in a semi circle for better acoustics, logic, and so many IDEAS, came from the the people of Rome and Greece. Ideas we are still using today.The Hippocratic Oath, even our calender,, Democracy, and Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns can be attributed to the wise thinkers of ancient times.A refresher for us older folks, and a wonderful taste for students, this book is for anyone who has an interest in our past, and where things/ideas come from!I received this book from Julie at FSB Associates for review. Thanks so much!
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