- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books (4 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846683238
- ISBN-13: 978-1846683237
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ancient Guide to Modern Life Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010
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The Ancient Guide to Modern Life does two things at once: it reminds us (or tells us) about people, events and practices in the Greek and Roman world, and at the same time explores their contemporary echoes and parallels. A classic double-whammy, in fact - and delivered with wonderful energy, wit, zeal and expertise. Irresistible. (Andrew Motion)
As wise as Socrates, as witty as Aristophanes, as modern as tomorrow - a classic for our times. (Gyles Brandreth)
An entertaining romp through the politics and society of the ancient Romans and Greeks ... so overflowing with lively, pertinent little nuggets it's surprising it doesn't come endorsed by Boris Johnson (Claire Allfree Metro)
A passionate authority on the classics (The List)
Witty ... for a curious-minded someone who likes to get their teeth into some intelligent non-fiction and 'mmmm' appreciatively (Bea Hodgkin Easy Living)
Brilliant (Charlotte Higgins Guardian)
Haynes debunks plenty of myths about the ancient world and delivers her history lessons in a light-hearted tone (Christopher Silvester Daily Express)
A romp through some of the best-known, and some of the most obscure, writers, thoughts and stories of Greece and Rome. Haynes does a good job in debunking myths perpetuated by popular culture ... and also manages to give intelligent overviews of some of the knottier problems that academic scholarship has grappled with ... a passionate defence of Classics (Jerry Toner TLS)
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Top Customer Reviews
I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in history, it could be used as a primer to go on to greater things or just merely to entertain those already wandering that path.
The author knows her stuff. In themed chapters she outlines various elements of ancient life, and links them to the world today. Sometimes, this means that we see that nothing in life is new, sometimes, the link will be less concrete, but there nonetheless. Some links are stronger than others, but there were few that I could take exception to!
The epilogue is a glorious 'call to arms' for learning for it's own sake. I had to agree with every word. For anyone who thinks that ancient history and the classics are meaningless, I would ask you to read this book, and think again.
The narrator on the audio book has been very well chosen and has a manner of reading which compliments the material very well. Also you learn how some of the more convoluted (to modern ears!) Greek and Roman names should be pronounced...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book to dip into. Shall find some more Natalie Haynes - thanks for introducing me to her. MariaPublished on 10 Aug. 2014 by Maria Fallows
Plenty of the Ancient stuff but a bit weak on the guide to Modern Life. A very pleasant introduction to the brave philosophy and brutal justice of the Ancients but the comparisons... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by TONY RICHARDS
An interesting examination of the relevance of "ancient history" to situations still being encountered today. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by Michael Allen
When I read a non-fiction book, I like to learn something new. My difficulty with this book was that, although light, easy to read and amusing in places, it didn't contain any... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2013 by FEC23
I have enjoyed reading Nathalie Haynes' articles in newspapers whenever they are left on the train but had no idea of her classical background. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2013 by Dr R
now i might have been spoilt for this book by John O'Farrell, who, if you're not sure where to begin, writes a funny history book. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2012 by J Griffin