"Our debt to the ancient world can be seen all around us, from beautiful buildings to beautiful bodies. Classical columns adorn our high-street banks, and we are still as obsessed with the gym as the Greeks. But the influence of the Greeks and Romans is far greater than this. As Simon Goldhill explains in this book, almost every part of our lives - and our thought - finds its roots in classical Athens and Rome." "According to Socrates, the unexamined life is not worth living. Goldhill follows his advice to the full, examining the most basic areas of our lives today, from marriage and sex to politics and entertainment. Whether we are falling in love or waging wars in the name of democracy, Goldhill reveals how classical ideas continue to shape our behaviour and our attitudes in crucial ways."--BOOK JACKET.