Jul 17, 10
Read in June, 2010
A wonderful book to read when traveling, especially in Italy but really appropriate for anyone interested in history and poetry. Eight short chapters about eight Roman poets, the author describes their home towns, their lives in Rome and in the country, the atmosphere in Rome during the height of the empire, and also presents highlights from their poetry. It was very cool to hear men who lived two thousand years ago talk about cheating girlfriends, love, complain of traffic and noise in the city, and other surprisingly contemporary subjects. I also enjoyed the author's style of writing, it was clear and helped the reader understand the poetry.