The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

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Harry N. Abrams, May 12, 2011 - History - 256 pages
In times as turbulent as these, comedienne Natalie Haynes brings her scholarship, wit, and a deeply insightful eye to the topic of reexamining our classical past to have a richer present. She contends there are few things more encouraging than the realization that the Greeks and Romans lived in much tougher conditions than most of us do--like the thirty-year war in fifth-century BC Athens that almost wiped out two successive generations of young men. Yet the people living through these tumultuous times thrived--they created successful political models, they built empires, they created poetry and art, and they questioned the very nature of man's place in the world.

Haynes bridges the gap between these seemingly archaic pieces of our history and the way our every day lives evolve, in politics, pop culture, history, making comparisons to such popular pieces of culture as the HBO series The Wire, as well as Obama's election to office--and she does it all with a unique and charming narrative that truly and seamlessly pulls history into the forefront of our lives. Our history doesn't belong in dusty classrooms and dog-eared textbooks, it belongs in our lives, teaching us how to live here and now, and Natalie Haynes makes realizing this important lesson a pleasure.

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In this book, journalist and comedienne Natalie Haynes presents her arguments for why studying Classics is as relevant today as at any time in history, and they are compelling arguments indeed ... Read full review

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A few years ago, while I was working in the Department for Education, I was talking to a colleague about our respective experiences at school. To sustained hoots of derision from my colleague, I ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Natalie Haynes appears regularly on BBC Television's Newsnight Review and BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review and Front Row. she writes for the Sunday Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday, The New Humanist, and the Times. she earned her degree in classics at Cambridge and has worked as an award-winning stand-up comedian. she lives in London.

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