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Vote for Caesar: How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today | [Peter Jones]

Vote for Caesar: How the Ancient Greeks and Romans Solved the Problems of Today

The expansion of the congestion charge zone, prices going up on the Underground, bendy buses - all ideas brought about to try to make the traffic situation in our capital city run more smoothly. Surely there must be a better way? In fact there is. In Roman times, when the streets were even more crowded, Caesar decreed that all vehicles (except those involved in building work) were banned from the City, while Nero took advantage of a major fire to broaden the streets to improve access.
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The expansion of the congestion charge zone, prices going up on the Underground, bendy buses - all ideas brought about to try to make the traffic situation in our capital city run more smoothly. Surely there must be a better way? In fact there is.

In Roman times, when the streets were even more crowded, Caesar decreed that all vehicles (except those involved in building work) were banned from the City, while Nero took advantage of a major fire to broaden the streets to improve access. Whatever the problem, from the leader whose deputy wants to replace him to the question of how to make democracy really work, you can guarantee that our Classical forebears faced the same situation and came up with some far more effective solutions than our current politicians.

Enthralling, informative and hugely entertaining, Peter Jones, one of the UK's leading Classicists, highlights just how much we have to learn from the past and how things really were once so much better.

©2009 Peter Jones; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    So much about our way of life, even in this "Modern" Age originates in either ancient Greece or Rome. Peter Jones compares and contrasts how they lived to patterns of life in UK today; generally, it is the Ancients who seem to have a better or more sensible or logical way of life.

    Well read and most enjoyable. One can only hope that this becomes required reading for all politicians and anyone aspiring to public office.

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