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The Ancient Guide to Modern Life


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How modern are our lives? Or are we still living the lives our ancestors lived?

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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.


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
An entertaining romp through the politics and society of the ancient Romans and Greeks ... overflowing with lively, pertinent little nuggets -- Claire Allfree * Metro *
A passionate authority on the classics * The List *
Witty ... for a curious-minded someone who likes to get their teeth into some intelligent non-fiction and 'mmmm' appreciatively -- Bea Hodgkin * Easy Living *
A romp through some of the best-known, and some of the most obscure, writers, thoughts and stories of Greece and Rome. Haynes does a good job in debunking myths perpetuated by popular culture ... and also manages to give intelligent overviews of some of the knottier problems that academic scholarship has grappled with ... a passionate defence of Classics -- Jerry Toner * TLS *
Haynes debunks plenty of myths about the ancient world and delivers her history lessons in a light-hearted tone -- Christopher Silvester * Daily Express *
Brilliant -- Charlotte Higgins * Guardian *

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