The Ancient Guide to Modern Life by Natalie Haynes

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As a standup and former classics scholar, Haynes is in an excellent position to tell ancient stories...
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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. 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 just 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, not for an elite.
 

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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 earned her degree in classics at Cambridge and has worked as an award-winning stand-up comedian. She lives in London.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by The Overlook Press. 280 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jessica Holland on Apr 28 2012

As a standup and former classics scholar, Haynes is in an excellent position to tell ancient stories...

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