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The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

Breezy Survey Of Classical Legacy

Love, Sex and Tragedy - Simon Goldhill

Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge and my one criticism of this book is that it places so much emphasis on the legacy of Ancient Greece that there is little space left to explore the complex and enduring contribution of the Romans.

That aside, I thoroughly enjoyed Goldhill's breezy polemic. He makes a strong case for redressing the neglect of the ancient world by contemporary educationalists, pointing out that almost everything we understand by Western culture today has its origins in the classical world and that, as Cicero said, If you do not know where you come from, you will always be a child.'