Another reviewer, Mary T. Boatwright, Professor of Classics at Duke University, wrote: "This book is wonderful. My head is full of information I didn't know about Rome, despite my many years there. Lansford's depictions of monuments, cityscape, and memorable humans have inspired me anew with the fascination of Rome."
Lansford is a graduate of Fairview High School and CU Boulder. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Washington, where he taught Latin and Greek for eight years. He co-founded Seattle Language Academy in 1996 and directed its program in classics for more than a decade. Lansford currently teaches for the CU Classics Department and is working on a second book about Rome.