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A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School | [Caroline Taggart]

A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School

Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens? From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best. But it's never too late to learn....
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Publisher's Summary

Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel, and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens?

From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best.

So if you've ever struggled with Socrates, wished you could formulate a logical argument, or wondered whether the Romans really dined at vomitoria, then carpe diem and listen to this audiobook - it's never too late to learn.

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    "Light but not insubstantial"

    An appreciation of the 'Classics' always seemed to be just out of reach. This book provides an instructive and accessible opportunity to dip a toe into this wonderful world.
    I do not doubt that more learned scholars may scoff at the delivery but I found it very entertaining. There are so many fantastic stories, surprisingly relevant events and moments of recognition - dare I say enlightenment?
    A gem for all ages and sensibilities.

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    Luke Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom 28/08/2010
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    "Content is great but not as audio"

    There are some very interesting bits and pieces in this but it is definitely a book that is better as a book. I am not sure if this lends its self to the audio book format due to the complexity of some of the content.

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    Hanna Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 07/05/2012
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    "I should just have read the book"

    Couldn't go further than 20 minutes. The book seems to be nice, but the narrator sometimes drops his volume and breaths loudly. And also he doesn't use a neutral inflection, it appears to be his everyday voice...
    I think that most people would like to forget that someone is narrating, but I just cannot do this.

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    Richard Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 22/02/2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The content is fascinating, but it's the outstanding narration that captures the imagination.


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    A little odd having the obvious female voice of the author read by a man, especially as some of the jokes about the place of women are written in a very personal style, but once you learn to treat Bill Wallis as a woman it's very worthwhile! Worth a listen as a fairly short title. Very enjoyable.

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    "Reader's Digest approach to the classics"

    If you read a lot you probably don't need this book. If you don't read a lot you really don't need this book.

    That said, it's a nice fluffy overview of some key figures of classical times. The author may be a touch condescending initially, but her love of the material shines through and her writing is witty and light. (Indeed, I don't know where else you'd get such an overview that wouldn't just put you to sleep).

    My major problem with this version is that, though the narrator is quite skilled, he seems to be dropping his voice volume at times and it sometimes makes it hard to hear if you're listening in a car. (Haven't had this problem with other Audible books and I suspect it's the narrator, not the recording). If the volume were better, I'd rate this at least a 4 star performance.

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