This is not directly related to a specific episode, but I thought this was an appropriate forum to elicit some discussion about a history that I am reading. Has anyone here read SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard? It's been a long time since I've taken a history course or studied anything "classical." I've just started the book and I am finding it to be incredibly well-written in terms of being readable for a lay-person. Easy to digest etc. I can comment more as I read more, but I thought the history buffs in this forum might be tickled to debate the quality and writing style of the book. If I get through this one, I may continue to make a hobby of easing back into the autodidact lazy "pop" version of a classical education.