on 25 October 2010
The book was purchased to help with a preparation for doing scenarios ie live Roman Activities,(Living History), for a hikers walk along a Roman Road so that the hikers would have understanding of these activities. THe book was second hand and was supplied in good condition.
The service and delivery was extremely quick and is to be commended. I got the book much earlier than anticipated so was able to plan what was to be demonstrated on the walk.
on 1 March 2001
Sadly this book is more about the Peter Snow-esque self-gratification of author David-Hart than giving any real depth to the subject in hand. With many books & programmes currently "doing the rounds" on subjects such as the real causes of the Pompeii disaster, this is an attempt which makes light of the audience's intelligence, often repeating facts ad nauseam and annoyingly using picture after picture of Davis trying to "be a Roman". Whilst the TV series might have been carried by Davis' enthusiasm, the book transcription of the BBC series cannot capture this is we are left with static stills and lifeless pictures/descriptions which are frankly very good for pre-sleep bedtime reading. Not one of the BBC's better efforts, and frankly not worth the cost of the hardback book unless you have never heard of the Romans and want to start from scratch.