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The modern world is confusing enough - try understanding your gas bill - but the ancient world must have been much worse. Trying to rule it was surely a nightmare. But the Romans managed to rule - for 700 years too - an empire containing about 60 million people that stretched from Britain to Syria and from the Rhine-Danube to North Africa. Peter Jones, Spectator columnist and classicist will explain all.
Peter Vaughan Jones MBE MA PhD
Dr Peter Jones, who retired early from the Classics Department at Newcastle University in 1997 to extend his public work in Classics, has published both scholarly and popular books on the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and their languages, most recently Veni Vidi Vici: Everything you wanted to know about the Romans but were afraid to ask (Atlantic Books, 2013).
He co-founded the charities Friends of Classics and Classics for All, is an adviser to the BBC History Magazine and writes a regular ‘Ancient & modern’ column in the Spectator. His very successful QED: Learn Latin and Eureka: Learn Ancient Greek (both published by Bloomsbury) were based on columns in the Daily Telegraph. He is regularly on the radio, has talked on cruise ships and gulets for thirty years, and addresses school, business and adult audiences regularly on the pleasures of the ancient world.