on 17 April 2012
Guy de la Bedoyere has written a fantastic account of the Roman Empire, a great sweep across history. This is not a dull, dusty tome, quite the reverse. In spite of having studied Latin at university (or Humanity, as it was called at Glasgow University) I learned so much from this. The Romans almost leap from the pages in all their merits and defects. I can't think of a more entertaining way to learn - I recommend this book unreservedly. It is a jolly good read, and I can't wait to read the volume on the Greeks now.
on 9 January 2016
Despite the title, this work ought to be taken seriously. I've looked for some time for a short history of Rome for Latin students and, finding nothing, was delighted to come across "The Romans for Dummies". Written with a sense of humor that belies the real research and knowledge beneath the jokes, the book is easily accessible, leading students through fun to real learning. I recommend it highly.