The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

Book - 2011
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This revelatory book explores modern society while journeying back to the Greeks and Romans -- "will have readers grabbing for the classics" ( Kirkus ).

In this thoroughly engaging book, 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: is Bart Simpson the successor to Aristophanes? Do the Beckhams have parallel lives with The Satiricon's Trimalchio ?

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 irresistible guide shows how the history and wisdom of the ancient world can inform and enrich our lives today.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press 2011
ISBN: 9781590206379
Branch Call Number: 930 HAY
Characteristics: 275 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm


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János_SPPL Mar 14, 2018

Drawing numerous parallels with modern events, Haynes reveals the surprisingly accessible societies of Ancient Greece and Rome. While reviews have made much of her work as a stand-up comic, the book is not a zany routine but rather a droll and accessible exploration of the classical world and its continued relevance.


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János_SPPL Mar 15, 2018

"Men stand on the battle line, run the risk of an early grave and are called heroes. Women bear children, run the risk of an early grave and are left for a younger model."

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