Saturday, March 15, 2008

Route 66 A.D. (Book #26)

It turns out that tourism, like so many other things, was invented by the Romans. Particularly during the Pax Romana at the height of the Empire, well-to-do Romans traced the path of the civilizations that went before them, visiting Athens, Sparta, Troy, Alexandria, and the like. In Route 66 A.D. (2002), Tony Perrottet follows their route, producing a book that's half travelogue, half history. I'd love to take the same trip, though I was somewhat appalled at what Perrottet's wife, who was in her second to early third trimester of pregnancy during the journey, endured!

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