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Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Romans but were afraid to ask Paperback – 1 May 2014
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It takes a man profoundly soaked in a subject to treat it lightly and still be not only witty but wise. Jones has an eagle's high eye for the history of Rome from Aeneas to Augustine and a pigeon's ground-level eye for the graffiti scratcher of Pompeii. --The Times
A rollicking guide to the Romans and their influence on us --Mail on Sunday
Jones spans all 1,200 years of Roman history with seemingly unstoppable enthusiasm... Informative, casually erudite but engagingly unstuffy, he makes the classical world feel both beguiling and fresh... The book is full of fascination - Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times
Delightful and instructive... There is something to relish on every page --Allan Massie, Spectator
Jones's brisk demotic style makes fresh the well-covered run of despots, gladiators, volcanic explosions & filthy satirists. Those who know little about the subject & want a no-frills, entertaining introduction to its rise & fall need look no further. --Literary Review
'Jones spans all 1,200 years of Roman history with seemingly unstoppable enthusiasm... Informative, casually erudite but engagingly unstuffy, he makes the classical world feel both beguiling and fresh' Sunday TimesSee all Product description
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If you are a regular reader of non-fiction about Rome, then this will probably not teach you anything new, but might still be a light read. If you are a reader of fiction set in Rome, and would like a bit of background to your reading, then this would be a good place to start.
Peter Jones is a Cambridge classics scholar and a brilliant communicator both in his broadcasts and writings. This book is an overview of everything Roman: the mythology, the history, the politics, the society, the attitudes; everything in fact except the language and, although this is touched upon, you will have to buy Dr Jones's little book on Latin to learn more. He writes in a light hearted manner with wit but also with enthusiasm.
Particularly interesting is the Romans' attitude to many things, such as sexuality. We in Western Europe today are affected, even if we think we are not, by the Judeo-Christian tradition of thought and attitude: the early Romans were not and could not be. Who is right? This book, light-hearted though it may be, certainly can stimulate much thought and discussion.
I'm unsure about the secondary title, 'but were afraid to ask'. Hands up all of you who know a classics scholar; mine remains down. Perhaps 'didn't know where to ask' would be better as the internet, despite all its advantages, is riddled with errors.
One fault: there's an attractive cover but there are no illustrations. The book should be illustrated not perhaps with photographs of endless ruins but with photographs of busts of the Romans alluded to and perhaps amusing drawings to compliment the text.
Please Mr Burrows Sir, what use is Latin.....
It takes great learning to fit in the right details in the right place, and it takes humour, affability and an understanding of human limitations to present it all so attractively.
Peter Jones is the ideal guide to take us by the elbow in the strange land he knows so well.
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I would reccomend this to anyone who has an interest in the Romans
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