First in The Sunday Telegraph, then in The Spectator, Peter Jones has since 1991 been comparing events in the modern world with their counterparts in the ancient. Week by week, he takes a major world event - a sex scandal here, a corruption charge there, a legal move on this page, a medical advance on that - and brings his encyclopaedic knowledge of the ancient Greeks and Romans to speculate how they might have reacted to it.
In Ancient & Modern Peter Jones extracts the most eye-opening of these four hundred columns and stitches them together, by topic, into a continuous narrative.
Sex, marriage, life, death, medicine, the law, science, education, politics, royalty, the arts, religion - all human strife is here.
The bestselling author of Learn Latin has produced a marvellous reworking of the 400-plus columns he has written for the Spectator over the past ten years, considering modern-day problems through the eyes of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Among the many subjects Jones dips into in the upbeat narrative are bribing politicians, bad behaviour abroad and the (ab)use of alcohol. The author makes no claim to presenting a complete or balanced account of life in the ancient world, but readers will enjoy his verve, style and diverse subject matter nevertheless. A time chart and illustrations are included. (Kirkus UK)