Review of A History of Ancient Rome
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A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Published by Profile Books for £9.99

This book accompanies the television series but, obviously, in much greater depth and detail.  I find Mary Beards personality sometimes dominates her material when she leaps from pediment to bicycle, thundering through the catacombs. In her writing, however, we can see the depth of her knowledge balanced by great wit and brio.  This is a history of Rome which covers a thousand years yet throws a vivid, modern light on how the Romans thought of themselves and how they have influenced western culture.  Fast moving, exciting and highly readable.

Reviewed by Jen