8.08.2010

Book Review: The Classics

The Classics: All You Need to Know from Zeus's Throne to the Fall of Rome by Caroline Taggart

The lovely folks at FSB sent me a copy of this title to review, an imprint of Reader's Digest, of all things!

This is a great and informative read - clocking in at less than 200 pages, it crams a lot of information into a small space! 

Taggart's writing style is great - yes, you are learning, but Taggart makes lots of funny or off the wall comments, making the learning fun and funny at the same time, and includes footnotes and "see also" throughout (I love a good footnote!) No topic gets more than a few paragraphs, just enough "bite sized" information to retain and then move on!

Some of the topics included are language, history, literature, mythology, architecture, philosophy, a "who's who" and much more. Taggart focused primarily on the Ancient Greeks and Romans, with occasional shoutouts to folks like the Spartans and Persians, which keeps the focus on the familiar for the reader.

Overall, I thought this was a great way to learn (or re-learn) a bit of our ancient history and heritage, while keeping it lighthearted and informative! Recommended!

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