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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848879032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848879034
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jones spans all 1,200 years of Roman history with seemingly unstoppable enthusiasm... Informative, casually erudite but engagingly unstuffy, he makes the classical world feel both beguiling and fresh... The book is full of fascination --Sunday Times



It takes a man profoundly soaked in a subject to treat it lightly and still be not only witty but wise... Peter Jones has an eagle's high eye for the history of Rome from Aeneas to Augustine and a pigeon's ground-level eye for the graffiti scratcher of Pompeii --The Times



A rollicking guide to the Romans and their influence on us --Mail on Sunday

Jones's brisk demotic style makes fresh the well-covered run of despots, gladiators, volcanic explosions and filthy satirists... Those who know little about the subject and want a no-frills, entertaining introduction to its rise and fall need look no further --Literary Review

About the Author

Peter Jones was educated at Cambridge University and taught Classics at Cambridge and at Newcastle University, before retiring in 1997. He has written a regular column, 'Ancient & Modern', in the Spectator for many years and is the author of various books on the Classics, including the bestselling Learn Latin and Learn Ancient Greek, as well as Vote for Caesar and Reading Virgil's Aeneid I and II.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Bromilow on 22 Jun 2014
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You remember the Romans from school, of course: they came after the Egyptians and before the Tudors. I was lucky enough to take Latin in school way back and although I was hopeless at it (if you're still out there Mr Burrows, I'm sure you'll agree) at the same time I loved it.
Peter Jones is a Cambridge classics scholar and a brilliant communicator both in his broadcasts and writings. This book is an overview of everything Roman: the mythology, the history, the politics, the society, the attitudes; everything in fact except the language and, although this is touched upon, you will have to buy Dr Jones's little book on Latin to learn more. He writes in a light hearted manner with wit but also with enthusiasm.
Particularly interesting is the Romans' attitude to many things, such as sexuality. We in Western Europe today are affected, even if we think we are not, by the Judeo-Christian tradition of thought and attitude: the early Romans were not and could not be. Who is right? This book, light-hearted though it may be, certainly can stimulate much thought and discussion.
I'm unsure about the secondary title, 'but were afraid to ask'. Hands up all of you who know a classics scholar; mine remains down. Perhaps 'didn't know where to ask' would be better as the internet, despite all its advantages, is riddled with errors.
One fault: there's an attractive cover but there are no illustrations. The book should be illustrated not perhaps with photographs of endless ruins but with photographs of busts of the Romans alluded to and perhaps amusing drawings to compliment the text.
Please Mr Burrows Sir, what use is Latin.....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jillian on 20 Oct 2013
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An excellent and entertaining book. It is well written, the author has a great knowledge and love of his subject. I recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bottie on 14 Dec 2013
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I taught Latin and Greek for 45 years. If I ever was interesting it was when a devious question sent me down the myriad paths of classics. Peter Jones has this fantastic skill of making disparate facts a part of the whole and above all he makes the facts seem interesting and relevant Bottie
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Howse on 29 Nov 2013
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Veni, Vidi, Vici leads seemingly naturally from one thing to another by way of easily enjoyed little chunks, as if the tesserae of a mosaic, so that before you know it a picture appears of one aspect or another of Roman life.
It takes great learning to fit in the right details in the right place, and it takes humour, affability and an understanding of human limitations to present it all so attractively.
Peter Jones is the ideal guide to take us by the elbow in the strange land he knows so well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tessa Bowman Smith on 29 Jan 2014
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I bought it to see if my 16 year old granddaughter just starting Latin would get somethiing out of it - and decided it was definitely good for her. There is plenty to amuse and amaze.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. H. on 19 Oct 2013
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Peter Jones is a good writer, funny and informative. I can recommend his books as they are very easy to read and as I said make you laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel B on 5 Mar 2014
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A really interesting book which allows you to dip in and out of.

If you love the Romans then this is a book to add to your library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Graham Hudson on 4 May 2014
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To call this book light-weight is not to criticise it in any way. It is a compendium of facts about Rome and Romans,some of which are familiar, somel ess so. Enjoyable to read and worth retaining as a reference book.

This is designed for the average reader.
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