The Greeks and the Romans laid the foundations of so much of what we read, listen to and watch today, from the baked pies of Game of Thrones to the Lotus-eaters of Love Island. In this unique introduction, Womack leads his beloved lurcher Una (and us) on a fleet-footed odyssey through the classical world. You’ll learn to tell your Odysseus from your Oedipus, your Polyxena from your Polydorus…but the story of the hunting dogs that tore their own master apart may be best left for another day.
‘The strength of Womack’s book lies in the enthusiasm with which its author lays on the plate a vast range of material for dog and man… at any moment Brenda Hale, Donna Tartt, David Bowie, Molesworth, Stephen Fry or a reference to an obscure scholarly article… might leap from the page… There’s plenty here, then, to catch the attention and arouse the interest of the curious.’
– Literary Review
‘Engaging and funny and clever. Written with the verve of a novelist and the insights of a scholar. Illuminates the pleasures and relevance of the Classics today.’
– Dr Harry Sidebottom, Oxford don and author of the bestselling Warrior of Rome series
'Philip's whimsical tale of classical chats with his dog offers a new kind of introduction to the ancient world: immensely informative, wrapped in an engagingly casual tone, complemented by more than a dash of the bizarre. You'd be barking to miss it.'
– Professor Michael Scott, Academic, Author and Broadcaster
'Mirabile dictu! Philip Womack and Una – his optima canis – are tremendous companions in their journey round the classical world. The ultimate vademecum...'
– Harry Mount, author of Amo, Amas, Amat and All That