BOOK REVIEW: "How like the ancients are we? According to Ferdinand Mount, a good deal more than we might suppose. Given the idealised picture of the Greeks and Romans that many of us, in many respects, entertain, the initial response might well be one of scepticism. And, indeed, it is questionable whether Mount does much to change that during the course of this book. 'It is,' he says 'as though the 1,500 years after the fall of Rome had been time out from traditional ways of being human.' 'In so many ways we are them' (the Greeks and Romans) 'and they are us.'"