5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Educational, fun, infuriating...,
This review is from: Vote for Caesar: How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today (Paperback)
This book is a bit of an oddity, but it's a fun oddity. Jones casts a highly (justified?) jaundiced eye over our modern society, and highlights its crassness and downright stupidity by comparing it to how the Greeks and Romans did things.
Anyone who *already* has a fair idea of how the Greeks and Romans did things won't learn much new here, though it will be highly informative for newcomers to the subject.
It's also written in a chatty, easy-to-read style.
When it comes to Mr Jones' rants about modern times, I generally found myself fiercely nodding in agreement and thinking, 'You tell 'em, Peter!!' - except for the times when I found myself shaking my head and thinking, 'The man's a damned idiot!'
I suspect most readers will have a similar experience, depending on which rants they happen to agree with.
All aspects of life, ancient and modern are covered - the 'just' war; the celebrity crowd; politicians' con tricks (the biggest, of course, being the lie that we live in a democracy); religion; superstition; et cetera.
I don't think this book will share bookshelf space with my more scholarly books on the subject, but it was a fun read, and I certainly don't regret my impulse purchase.