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Reviewed by Meg M.

Having penned a number of books in the I Used to Know That series, Caroline Taggart’s latest book, The Classics: All You Need to Know, from Zeus’s Throne to the Fall of Rome, is destined to be another bestseller. Taggart provides a fantastic combination of an extensive knowledge of Roman and Greek culture with an often irreverent sense of humor.

Taggart aids readers in the understanding of the Greek alphabet, and takes this a step farther by providing a list of Greek and Latin words, many of which have proved foundational for the English language. Arguably the most hilarious chapter within this work is Taggart’s interpretation of Greek and Roman mythology, highlighting the incestual nature of the majority of the deities. Taggart also outlines many years of Greek and Roman history, and philosophies made famous by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

This book was a really entertaining read. The chapters can be read through fairly quickly, and would be ideal for travel or a quick lunch break. For those who take history too seriously, this isn’t the read for you. While Taggart is clearly educated, she presents her facts in a tongue-in-cheek manner that anyone with a sense of humor would enjoy!

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Marketing professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog, Morning Cup With Meg.

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