The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

In this irreverently respectful celebration of the wisdom of antiquity, British stand-up comedian (and Cambridge Classics scholar) Natalie Haynes demonstrates how the teachings of Greece and Rome can help us better understand the modern age—and how prevalent their influence remains, in pop culture as well as more studied settings. Great fun.

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