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    DescriptionIt'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.


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    Title
    The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Natalie Haynes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 233 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846683244
    ISBN 10: 1846683246
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24810
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS054000, HIS039000
    DC23: 909
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTB
    Publisher
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    03 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Natalie Haynes took her Cambridge degree in Classics which she also once taught in public schools. She is an award-winning comic, and a regular panellist on the BBC's Newsnight Review, Saturday Review and Front Row. She has been a guest columnist for The Times since 2006. Profile published the hardback in 2010 [9781846683237].
    Review quote
    "'Reminds us (or tells us) about people, events and practices in the Greek and Roman world, and at the same time explores their contemporary echoes and parallels. A classic double-whammy, in fact - and delivered with wonderful energy, wit, zeal and expertise. Irresistible' (Andrew Motion) 'As wise as Socrates, as witty as Aristophanes, as modern as tomorrow - a classic for our times' (Gyles Brandreth)"