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Best Book on Greece and Rome,
This review is from: The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome (Paperback)
I am impressed at how Robin Lane Fox has managed to take a near incomprehensible field such as the classical world and distilled it down to the near essentials. For example, he essentially spells out the reason for Punic Wars (Rome moving into Sicily) and points out how Romans were hypocritical in claiming to have morals, when in fact they were helping barbarians. Likewise, you get a far better understanding of where democracy and the republic come from, and what they really represent.
I think all high school students should read this book so they can understand the world around them.
The only complaint I have is his failed attempt at constantly referring back at Emperor Hadrian: we really can't sympathize with him, so it just comes across as last minute.