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Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Romans but were afraid to ask (Paperback)
  • Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Romans but were afraid to ask (Paperback)

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Romans but were afraid to ask (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 01/05/2014
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The Romans left a long-lasting legacy and their influence can still be seen all around us - from our calendar and coins, to our language and laws - but how much do we really know about them? Help is at hand in the form of Veni, Vidi, Vici, which tells the remarkable, and often surprising, story of the Romans and the most enduring empire in history.

Fusing a lively and entertaining narrative with rigorous research, Veni, Vidi, Vici breaks down each major period into a series of concise nuggets that provide a fascinating commentary on every aspect of the Roman world - from plebs to personalities, sauces to sexuality, games to gladiators, poets to punishments, mosaics to medicine and Catullus to Christianity.

Through the twists and turns of his 1250-year itinerary, Jones is a friendly and clear-thinking guide. In this book he has produced a beguiling and entertaining introduction to the Romans, one that vividly brings to life the people who helped create the world we live in today.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782393900
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 401 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
Edition: Main

It takes a man profoundly soaked in a subject to treat it lightly and still be not only witty but wise. Jones has an eagle's high eye for the history of Rome from Aeneas to Augustine and a pigeon's ground-level eye for the graffiti scratcher of Pompeii. * The Times *
A rollicking guide to the Romans and their influence on us * Mail on Sunday *
Jones spans all 1,200 years of Roman history with seemingly unstoppable enthusiasm... Informative, casually erudite but engagingly unstuffy, he makes the classical world feel both beguiling and fresh... The book is full of fascination -- Andrew Holgate * Sunday Times *
Delightful and instructive... There is something to relish on every page -- Allan Massie * Spectator *
Jones's brisk demotic style makes fresh the well-covered run of despots, gladiators, volcanic explosions and filthy satirists. Those who know little about the subject and want a no-frills, entertaining introduction to its rise & fall need look no further. * Literary Review *

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I found this dull and tiresome so much so that I am tempted to donate it to a charity bookshop...

Paperback edition
19th July 2016
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“Relaxing Romp through the Roman Empire”

An interesting if brief overview of the history of the Roman Empire. The book is divided in to chapters which cover specific years of the Empire - each chapter starts with a little timeline detailing some of the... More

Paperback edition
8th March 2015
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“Very Interesting Read”

This book is great for people just wanting to know the history of Rome without the boring bits. Although I found the political side quite hard to grasp (never been a fan!), it is written very well with some great... More

Paperback edition
12th July 2014
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