The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

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"...Natalie Haynes brings her scholarship... 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..."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Overlook Press, c2010
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781590206379 : $25.95
1590206371
Call Number: 930 HAYNES

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SPPL_János Mar 14, 2018

Drawing numerous parallels with modern events, Haynes reveals the surprisingly accessible societies of Ancient Greece and Rome. While reviews have made much of her work as a stand-up comic, the book is not a zany routine but rather a droll and accessible exploration of the classical world and its continued relevance.

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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

"Men stand on the battle line, run the risk of an early grave and are called heroes. Women bear children, run the risk of an early grave and are left for a younger model."

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