The Classics, by Author (Hardcover, 2010)|
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Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
Whether you have a PhD in history with a focus on ancient Rome and Greece or you don't know the first thing about them, you will enjoy this work from Caroline Taggert.
In "The Classics," Taggert highlights the history and mythology of ancient Rome and Greece. She sprinkles the text with irreverent asides, humorous comments, and occasionally some trivia. Some of this was "laugh out loud" stuff.
I've read extensively on this era and in this genre, plus have listened to many related audiobooks. I didn't see any accuracy problems with it, which, in today's nonfiction market, is really saying something.
The reason I've paid so much attention to the kinds of topics covered in this book is they explain the foundations of our western culture. I've found, however, that most people do not share this interest. One reason people give is, "I've just never had time to read that stuff." This book is exactly the answer to that problem. It's a compact work. That's not surprising when you open the book and see it's a Readers Digest book.
When I was very young, my mom bought Readers Digest Condensed Books for me and I consumed them at a rapid clip. These books played no small role in developing my excitement about learning and joy of reading. The Readers Digest books allowed me to understand the great works and be conversant about them without having to give up half or more to do the necessary reading. A nice edge to have in high school, later on.... For some titles, the Readers Digest version piqued my interest in the original work so I read that as well. Others, I didn't read because I got the gist of things and that was as far as I cared to go.
This book provides the same advantages to anyone wanting to learn the main ideas from the
history and mythology of ancient Rome and Greece. You'll be entertained, as well, because of Taggert's creative comments throughout.
This book is a quick read, perfect for a train or plane trip. The form is smallish: the pages measure 5"W x 7.75"H, and there are 169 of them plus a short bibliography and a small index.
This book consists of ten chapters. Each covers a different theme. For example, Chapter 2 is about religion and mythology, Chapter 5 is about Roman history, and Chapter 7 is about architecture and art.
This book is worth the cover price, for its entertainment value alone. As a bonus, if you're ever in a social situation where some smarty pants starts talking about Cerberus, you can give a knowing look instead of that deer in the headlights one.