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ISBN: 0752891405
Author: Peter Jones
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Publishing (May 22, 2008)
Pages: 266
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humour
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 379
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Vote for Caesar book.

Vote for Caesar book. The expansion of the congestion charge zone, prices going up on the. unfortunately it's all but obscured by the author's ranting about how shit everything in modern life is. The Government and taxes get a thorough kicking, with the answer to life's problems being - apparently - a return to the days where taxes were nonexistent and things like the local library and roads coming about as a result of rich people's generosity.

Jones' ability to parallet ancient problems with those of our own day will entice readers to thnk outside the square .

Anyone who already has a fair idea of how the Greeks and Romans did things won't learn much new here, though it will be highly informative for newcomers to the subject. It's also written in a chatty, easy-to-read style.

He has published a book called "Vote For Caesar" (2008) about how ancient civilisations have solved the . Jones has collaborated for Cambridge on Reading Greek and Reading Latin.

He has published a book called "Vote For Caesar" (2008) about how ancient civilisations have solved the problems of today. Awarded the MBE in 1983, Jones has written numerous tomes and essays on Homer. He has published a book called "Vote For Caesar" (2008) about how ancient civilisations have solved the problems of today. Books Jones, Peter (2008). Vote for Caesar : how the Ancient Greeks and Romans solved the problems of today.

Peter Jones was educated at Cambridge University and taught Classics at Cambridge and at Newcastle University .

Peter Jones was educated at Cambridge University and taught Classics at Cambridge and at Newcastle University, before retiring in 1997. He has written a regular column, Ancient & modern, in the Spectator for many years now and is the author of various books on the Classics. Country of Publication.

How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today

How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today. Narrated by: Bill Wallis. Length: 10 hrs. Categories: History, Ancient. 9/month after 30 days. Enthralling, informative and hugely entertaining, Peter Jones, one of the UK's leading Classicists, highlights just how much we have to learn from the past and how things really were once so much better. How to Do Everything and Be Happy. How to Eat Loads and Stay Slim. A Classical Education.

How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today.

Vote for Caesar : How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today. The expansion of the congestion charge zone, prices going up on the Underground, bendy buses-all are ideas brought about to try to make the traffic situation in London run more smoothly.

Vote for Caesar: How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the . It felt surprisingly good in his hand.

Vote for Caesar: How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today, Peter Jones. The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Robert Kagan. Five Days in London, John Lukas. Descent into Chaos: How the War against Islamic Extremism Is Being Lost in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, Ahmed Rashid. None of this stuff mattered a jot, Xavier thought. No one actually expected the books to actually be read. Putting together the list, the thought that went into it, was the thing.

Classicist Peter Jones believes that some of them provide sensible solutions to many of today's most pertinent political conundrums. Every four years cities compete, at vast expense, to win the right to stage the Olympics. Those that win usually end up broke. Do what the Greeks did: hold the Olympic Games in the same out-of-the-way venue every time. Listen again to today's programme.

Peter Jones has done much to publicise and popularise the Classics – his easy-going . I am not sure how valid an exercise it is to try to solve complex political and social issues by reference to the Greeks and Romans.

I am not sure how valid an exercise it is to try to solve complex political and social issues by reference to the Greeks and Romans. Leaving aside Louis MacNeice’s view (‘It was all so unimaginably different, And all so long ago’), there are just too many factors to consider.

The expansion of the congestion charge zone, prices going up on the Underground, bendy buses—all are ideas brought about to try to make the traffic situation in London run more smoothly. Surely there must be a better way? In fact there is. In Roman times, when the streets were even more crowded, Caesar decreed that all vehicles (except those involved in building work) were banned from the city, while Nero took advantage of a major fire to broaden the streets to improve access. Whatever the problem, from the leader whose deputy wants to replace him to the question of how to make democracy really work, you can guarantee that our Classical forebears faced the same situation and came up with some far more effective solutions than current politicians. In this enthralling, informative, and hugely entertaining book, a leading Classicist highlights just how much there is to learn from the past and how things really were once so much better.

Comments:

Anasius
Peter Jones, author of the wonderful "Ancient and Modern" column in "The Spectator" breathes new life into ancient history by comparing and contrasting ancient Roman and Greek ways and means to the modern.

Jones's shows us that ancient history can enhance modern and future life should we choose to use it. It is a database available to moderns that can be used as a source both of warnings and models. Jones' approach helps dethrone our colossal temporal arrogance, the last acceptable prejudice, the plainly incorrect, but politically correct, belief that "we know it all".

Jones' humour and with is reflected in his writing. He has an amusing retort to the oft parroted remark that Athens was not a "true democracy" as slaves and women could not vote. As it was the popular assembly, admittedly minus slaves and women, that actually made the decisions, unlike our so-called "representative democracy" , the Athenians were plainly way ahead of us in the democratic stakes. The parrots' remark is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

This is a mind opening book. Well written, easy to read and entertaining. A great combination. Lets hope Jones has a sequel in the works.
I'm a Russian Occupant
An excellent read. Have heard Peter Jones on many occasions. Scholarly but fun! Well researched and handy to have the sources at the end of each chapter. Pity that Peter has not chosen a career in politics.
Fecage
This was a delightful book to read--light-hearted and chock full of information you didn't learn about in school about the ancient world. I qould recommend it to anyone with even a modicum of interest in history.
Charyoll
The first thing to realize about this book is that Peter Jones is discussing British life and politics, and in some detail, so the non-Brit probably won't always know what he is talking about, although the gist is generally clear enough. It really cannot be recommended as a survey of ancient life--but may interest some.

I give the book three stars not because it is uniformly mediocre, but because it varies so much in quality. Sometimes Jones' comparison are very apt, as when he contrasts the attitude of the ancients towards art with that of the modern day. I happened to agree with him, but more than that, it was a comparison of like to like. At these times, he can be quite witty:

"But at least Greeks were spared one ghastly feature of modern sport: athletes were not plastered all over with logos and advertisements. How could they be? They competed stark naked. Well, one hopes they could not have been, but no doubt a modern advertising guru would leap at the chance to advertise--well, one shudders to think what, let alone where."

In the other cases, the comparisons are poorly done. He compares the average Brit's notions of the good life and happiness to that of Seneca and Juvenal. Neither of the latter two were typical of their society, as they themselves were well aware. Moreover, this is cherry-picking, since they don't represent the whole of ancient philosophical thought.

This latter problem occurs too often. Jones time and again compares the realities, or at least a jaundiced view of the realities of modern life with an idealized, and sometimes downright sanitized view of the ancient world. He goes off on tedious rants about how how society is going to hell in a handbasket, just the sort of thing that I dreaded from my grandparents, and my parents, and now that I am getting older, my contemporaries. Society is always going to hell in a handbasket, and people have very selective memories. I often had to put the book down, and thought of giving it up altogether at these times.

He also argued, but didn't elucidate, that Rome had settled the problem of cultural conflict by allowing groups to follow their own customs, except for unexplained situations where Roman law took precedence. Isn't that pretty much allowed in the US, if not in the UK. My understanding is that the Amish settle civil matters, and some criminal matters, basically anything that require an individual to make a complaint, among themselves. They turn to the legal system only in the most serious cases. One point that Jones doesn't address is whether or not this is voluntary. Are people allowed to leave their subgroup? To take the Amish again, they can leave before baptism; if they leave after, they may be shunned, and pressured to return, but I have never heard of the Amish using physical force to subdue the rebellious, unlike the honor killings of certain Muslim women who break away.

His defense of Athenian democracy is rather a crock. He argues that obviously, the slaves couldn't vote, since they would have voted to abolish slavery, so it doesn't count that they were excluded. And excluding women doesn't count because they were excluded in other systems. I would think that someone who read so much about philosophy would see the glaring logical error in that argument. If one is asking how good a democracy Athens was, it doesn't really matter what others were doing. Why not argue that modern Britain is a democracy because it is closer to one than medieval England?

In the end, I did finish the book, and it was interesting at times, but there are plenty of other books to give the reader a selective overview of the ancient world.

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