The Dream of Rome

Boris Johnson

In addition to his roles as politician, editor, author and television presenter, Boris Johnson is a passionate Roman scholar. The recent ‘Dream of Rome’ TV series saw him travelling throughout the Roman Empire in order to uncover the secrets of the governance of the empire, and the reasons behind why the Romans held such power and prestige for so long. Fiercely interested in Europe and the current issues facing the European Union, Boris Johnson will look at the lessons we could learn from the Romans and how we could apply them to our modern politics. Boris Johnson was the editor of the Spectator, MP for Henley and is now the new Shadow Minister for Education. He writes a column for the Daily Telegraph and lives in London and Oxfordshire with his wife and their children.

Reviews of The Dream of Rome

  • ‘As an introduction to the history of the Roman empire, this book is hugely stimulating. I read it in two sittings, completely gripped. If Ruth Kelly has an ounce of sense, she will make this book compulsory reading for every 16-year old in the country.’ Toby Young, New Statesman

    ‘History comes alive only when written from the heart and Johnson’s is full of swashbuckling japes, bloodthirsty yells and energetic sideswipes.’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

    ‘Written with all the wit and zest that have helped to make him Britain’s favourite celebrity MP.’ Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph

    ‘Johnson has not been intimidated by dry classics masters: his style is bright, breezy, populist and pacy.’ The Times

    ‘Described with his special combination of sharp-eyed intelligence and golly-gosh exclamation…the sublime and the bizarre are richly represented in this portrayal of ancient Rome…a splendid romp through the Roman world.’ Sunday Telegraph

    ‘Lovers of Latin and ancient history unite! At long last there is a warm, funny, erudite introduction to the Roman empire…The success of “The Dream of Rome” lies in the modern twang of the author. It is an art Boris Johnson has to perfection…a marvellous reader-friendly account of Rome.’ Independent