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The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
How modern are our lives? Or are we still living the lives our ancestors lived? It's time for us to re-examine the past. Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks and Romans have given us in politics and law, religion and philosophy and education, and to learn how people really lived in Athens, Rome, Sparta and Alexandria.
Whether political, cultural or social, there are endless parallels between the ancient and modern worlds. Whether it's the murder of Caesar or the political assassination of Thatcher; the narrative arc of "The Wire" or that of "Oedipus"; the popular enthusiasm for the Emperor Titus or President Obama - over and over again we can be seen to be living very much like people did 2,000 or more years ago.
Natalie Haynes is a classicist, comedian, writer and broadcaster. Her most recent book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, examines what lessons the civilisations of Rome and Greece can teach society today. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4: reviewing for Front Row andSaturday Review, appearing as a team captain on two seasons ofWordaholics, and banging on about Juvenal whenever she gets the chance. She reviews books, films and television for Review Show on BBC2, and is a judge for the Man Brooker Prize 2013. Natalie has written for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, as well as having contributed essays to The Atheist Guide To Christmas and Serenity Found- a book about Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi show Firefly.
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