Jasper Griffin, 15 October 1987
Show More A History of Private Life. Vol. I: From Pagan Rome to Byzantium edited by Paul Veyne.
Harvard, 670 pp., £24.95, May 1987, 0 674 39975 7Show More
The Roman World edited by John Wacher.
Routledge, 2 pp., £100, March 1987, 0 7100 9975 4Show More
The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture edited by Peter Garnsey and Richard Saller.
Duckworth, 231 pp., £24, March 1987, 0 7156 2145 9Show More
Sexual Life in Ancient Egypt by Lisa Manniche.
KPI, 127 pp., £15, June 1987, 0 7103 0202 9Show More
“... Three substantial books on the world of ancient Rome, each in a different idiom. A critic of G.K. Chesterton said that he had a style in which it was impossible to tell the truth; in what style, indeed, can truth be told? Perhaps that aim is altogether too high, and the question should be ‘What style does not condemn us to tell lies?’ To put it in a friendlier way, which sort of sentence do you enjoy reading? There is the Gallic style: ‘The genealogy of ancient education was as follows: from culture to the will to culture, from there to the school, and from the school to the scholastic exercise as an end in itself ...”