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"Romans were enough like us to seem very peculiar indeed." In SPQR, Mary Beard, scholar and British media star, makes ancient Rome seem relevant, even urgent.

Beard shuttles back and forth across the ages, comparing ancient problems to current woes. For example,“'Pirate'", she says "was a usefully vague figure of fear, not much different from the modern ‘terrorist’” - a comparison which the Economist magazine says sheds light in both directions.

For more by Mary Beard.