Book: What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us - 30 ways in which the ancient Romans influence our lives today - by Colin C. Murphycategories: Book, Traditions Origins Rome, Historical Non-Fiction, Entertainment Learning Fun, Roman Empire Influence, Light History Humour, Calendar Language Alphabet, Concrete Architecture Aqueducts, Law Government Politics, Military Sanitation Roads, Currency Christmas Clocks, Italy Ancient Sites, History Ancient Roman
Colin C. Murphyabout this book: Have you ever wondered where the tradition of eating a cake on your birthday came from? Or if you're married, what about ring on your finger - whose idea was that? The text you're reading at this very moment, who came up with it in the first place? The calendar on your wall - June, July, August etc - where did the names come from and why are some months longer than others? And then there's Christmas, with its feasting and gifts and decorations hanging on trees - where did all that originate?
The answer to all these questions and many more besides are to be found in the highly entertaining 'What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?', which explores how we can still feel the presence of the ancient Romans in our everyday lives, although most of the time we aren't usually aware of the fact. Everything from our architecture to our calendar, from our infrastructure to our spoken and written language, from our legal systems to many of the traditions we take for granted - all can trace their roots back to the days of Julius Caesar.
So why not travel back to the time of the ancient Romans and discover how you can still sense their spirits in today's high tech modern world.
I have been fascinated with ancient Rome since I was a child and have read countless books on the subject and visited Rome and a great many other ancient Roman sites around Europe. The more I learned the more I realised just how much we owe to the ancients for the shape of our present day society - and that sadly the names of many of those ancient scholars, artists, engineers, architects, philosophers, lawmakers and so on have been forgotten. This book was a way of reminding people that although the creators of all these works and traditions, great and small, may be long dead, their creations continue to live on and inspire and influence us.
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