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The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

Natalie Haynes

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ISBN 13: 9781590206379
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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In this erudite and humorous work, Natalie Haynes brings her scholarship and wit to the most fascinating true stories of the ancient world. The Ancient Guide to Modern Life not only reveals the origins of our culture—in areas including philosophy, politics, language, and art. It also draws illuminating connections between antiquity and our present time, to demonstrate that the Greeks and Romans were not so different from ourselves. Along the way Haynes debunks myths (gladiators didn’t salute the emperor before their deaths, and the last words of Julius Caesar weren’t “Et tu, Brute?”) From Athens to Zeno’s paradox, this charming guide shows how the history and wisdom of the ancient world can inform and enrich our lives today.

Natalie Haynes appears regularly on BBC television’s Newsnight Review and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review, and Front Row. She writes for the Sunday Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday, The New Humanist, and the Times. She read classics at Cambridge and has worked as an award-winning stand-up comedian, and she lives in London. www.nataliehaynes.com.

Praise for The Ancient Guide to Modern Life:

"As wise as Socrates, as witty as Aristophanes, as modern as tomorrow--a classic for our times. " —Gyles Brandreth, author of The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries

"The Ancient Guide to Modern Life does two things at once: it 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, former UK Poet Laureate

"A fascinating book which offers fresh insights into the classical realm along with an incisive commentary on the modern world drawing on the experience of the ancients, all laced with Haynes's trademark wit." —Martha Kearney, BBC presenter

"Wonderfully whimsical yet instructional view of Greco-Roman history. The author fuses educational narrative and jocular commentary to guide the reader through aspects of ancient life still of interest today . . . Will have readers grabbing for the classics." —Kirkus Reviews

"A consistently entertaining but quite serious book . . . Describing and ancient event in today's terms brings it to life and clarifies new thought that the description may inspire." —Associated Press

"General-interest collections will find the lively discourse unusually accessible, and not limited to dry history holdings alone" —Midwest Book Review

Haynes, British TV commentator, stand-up comedian, and devoted classics student, spells it all out in this delightfully entertaining and enlightening guide to the ancient world . . . The classical world has never been more approachable nor nearly as much fun." —Booklist

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