- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books (5 Sept. 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 (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Romans But Were Afraid to Ask Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013
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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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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.
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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This book tells us just about every aspect of human life under the Romans especially in Rome itself,from
Funerals to orgies and just about everything else. Read more
All sorts of interesting titbits about the Romans engagingly presented.Published 1 month ago by Claire Khaw
Nicely split in to chucks to make easier to digest. Learnt a lot reading this one.Published 1 month ago by Vicky
A really interesting way to understand Roman history with lots of memorable stories. Suitable for GCSE readers and anybody wanting a good background knowledge.Published 2 months ago by Lily