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How to Win a Roman Chariot Race: Lives, Legends and Treasures from the Ancient World Paperback – Sept. 1 2015
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- ASIN : 1848319460
- Publisher : Icon Books (Sept. 1 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781848319462
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848319462
- Item weight : 204 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.52 x 19.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,595,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
3.3 out of 5
9 global ratings
Top review from Canada
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Reviewed in Canada on September 29, 2019
The book begins with some interesting notes on the practical things in life such as the chariot races of the title, cosmetics, concrete, food, oil lamps and other things. After a chapter on medicine, the book goes on to discuss literature, and then a deep immersion in obscure philosophy. The last chapters are intriguingly billed as being about sex, but it is just another philosophical discussion. The nature of the book is perhaps not surprising, considering that the author is an expert in classical languages, literature and philosophy. The “hardware” at the book’s beginning was just bait.
Top reviews from other countries
Enjoyable readReviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2018
This is a miscellany of short stories & facts from the ancient world. Written in a light-hearted way but some of the small facts are interesting nonetheless, and tend to remain in mind. How I wish this author had taught history at my grammar school in the 60's. The info. in this book truly brings ancient history to life. However, she made one error (or a mistype) by stating 50,000 Roman legionaries were stationed at Vindolanda, beside Hadrian's Wall ; not a chance, possibly 5,000!
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2016
Great - would use again
Three StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on December 17, 2015
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The most fun stuff was at the beginning and it got less ...Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2015
Some interesting and quirky facts. The most fun stuff was at the beginning and it got less interesting towards the end.
J. M Ullman
don't waste your money or time.Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2015
unreadable. Nice idea. If this is what passes for organized non-fiction at Oxford lord help us. Confused, random, difficult to follow; ideas and names are introduced and disappear at whim. Couldn't finish it.