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The first half of the book was an interesting and well-written high-level description of several ancient civilizations. The second half, unfortunately, was a vague and convoluted call for history teachers to condemn warfare. Frankly, I started skimming after a couple of chapters of Section V, then started skipping whole sections. While "war is bad" is an easy concept to get behind, the author's presentation of his ideas was erratic, and I had a sense of being preached at instead of being guided ...more
Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more