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

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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. In this enthralling, informative and hugely entertaining book, 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.

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'As a comprehensive, robust and intelligent guide to the practices of the Greeks and Romans, this is second to none' (LITERARY REVIEW)

'Its a wonderful book' (R4 TODAY PROGRAMME)

'Crisply, cleverly conjoined, Jones's subjects range from Byzantine intrigue and Cicero to tyrants who poured molten lead down the throats of the treasonous. This book follows a worthy tradition; the Alexandrian libraries, the House of Wisdom in Baghdad and the Sicilian Court all commissioned collections of 'ancient world' highlights: lessons and feats of the past that we forget at our peril. Vote for Caesar is just such a compendium. (Bettany Hughes SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

'A great advocate of the classical cause, he writes with verve and could not be dull if he tried. This is a rich plum pudding of a book' (THE ANGLO-HELLENIC REVIEW)

'Jones' ability to parallet ancient problems with those of our own day will entice readers to thnk outside the square about the issues we share' (BRYN MAWR CLASSICAL REVIEW)

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Conclusive proof of how much better things would work if we ditched the government and voted for Caesar

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