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Mary Beard - Author

About the Author

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the Classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim, and is a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, Confronting the Classics, The Roman Triumph and The Parthenon. Her TLS blog has been collected in the books It’s a Don’s Life and All in a Don’s Day.

 

Mary Beard's Inheritance Books...

1. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
The classic novel about what women want, or think they want, or don't. Is 'Reader, I married him' the ultimate happy ending or not? It's a book that changes in all kinds of interesting ways as you re-read it over a lifetime.

2. Homer, The Odyssey
At the very start of Western literature, the Odyssey underlies so much of what we read right down to the present day. A story of homecoming, temptation and the perilous boundary between civilisation and barbarism.

3. Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch
The liveliest and punchiest classic of feminism: something every woman and man should read. It still changes lives, like it changed mine.

 

Author photo © Catarina Turroni Lion TV

Featured books by Mary Beard

Other books by Mary Beard

Time Travelers

Time Travelers

Author: Mary Beard Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/05/2020

The Victorians, perhaps more than any Britons before them, were diggers and sifters of the past. Though they were not the first to be fascinated by history, the intensity and range of Victorian preoccupations with the past was unprecedented and of lasting importance. They paved the way for many of our modern disciplines, discovered the primeval monsters we now call the dinosaurs, and built many of Britain's most important national museums and galleries. To a large degree, they created the perceptual frameworks through which we continue to understand the past. Out of their discoveries, new histories emerged, giving rise to new debates, while seemingly well-known pasts were thrown into confusion by new tools and methods of scrutiny. If in the eighteenth century the study of the past had been the province of a handful of elites, new technologies and economic development in the nineteenth century meant that the past, in all its brilliant detail, was for the first time the property of the many, not the few. Time Travelers is a book about the myriad ways in which Victorians approached the past, offering a vivid new picture of the Victorian world and its historical obsessions.

Time Travelers

Time Travelers

Author: Mary Beard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2020

The Victorians, perhaps more than any Britons before them, were diggers and sifters of the past. Though they were not the first to be fascinated by history, the intensity and range of Victorian preoccupations with the past was unprecedented and of lasting importance. They paved the way for many of our modern disciplines, discovered the primeval monsters we now call the dinosaurs, and built many of Britain's most important national museums and galleries. To a large degree, they created the perceptual frameworks through which we continue to understand the past. Out of their discoveries, new histories emerged, giving rise to new debates, while seemingly well-known pasts were thrown into confusion by new tools and methods of scrutiny. If in the eighteenth century the study of the past had been the province of a handful of elites, new technologies and economic development in the nineteenth century meant that the past, in all its brilliant detail, was for the first time the property of the many, not the few. Time Travelers is a book about the myriad ways in which Victorians approached the past, offering a vivid new picture of the Victorian world and its historical obsessions.

Frauen und Macht

Frauen und Macht

Author: Mary Beard Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2018

Das entscheidende Buch zur groen aktuellen Debatte Feminismus, Gleichberechtigung und #MeToo: Ein leidenschaftlicher Aufruf an Frauen, sich jetzt die Macht zu nehmen. Das Buch, das weltweit Furore macht! Spiegel-Bestseller und Nr. 1-Bestseller in Grobritannien.Mary Beard ist eine der fuhrenden Intellektuellen weltweit. Die Historikerin hat zahlreiche Bestseller geschrieben. Immer wieder mischt sie sich leidenschaftlich, streitbar und humorvoll in aktuelle Debatten ein. Frauenfeindlichkeit und Sexismus sind Themen, die sie seit langem begleiten - auch personlich - und die sie nicht mude wird anzuprangern."e;Ein kraftvolles Manifest."e; New York Times "e;Ein moderner feministischer Klassiker."e; The Observer "e;Mary Beard zeigt, wie Frauenfeindlichkeit funktioniert und warum sie sich so hartnackig halt."e; The Guardian "e;Ein unwiderstehlicher Aufruf an Frauen, sich zu Wort zu melden, Macht zu nutzen und neu zu definieren."e; People Magazine

Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith

Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith

Author: Mary Beard Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon Schama The idea of 'civilisation' has always been debated, even fought over. At the heart of those debates lies the big question of how people - from prehistory to the present day - have depicted themselves and others, both human and divine. Distinguished historian Mary Beard explores how art has shaped, and been shaped by, the people who created it. How have we looked at these images? Why have they sometimes been so contentious? In Part One, she examines how the human figure was portrayed in some of the earliest art in the world - from the gigantic stone heads carved by the Olmec of Central America to the statues and pottery of the ancient Greeks to the terracotta army of the first emperor of China. And she explains how one particular version of representing the human body, which goes back to the ancient world, still influences (and sometimes distorts) how people in the West see their own culture and that of others. Throughout this story, she is concerned not only with the artists who made images, but with those who have used them, viewed them and interpreted them. In other words: How Do We Look? In Part Two, Mary Beard turns to the relationship between art and religion. For centuries, religion has inspired art: from the Hindu temple at Angkor Wat to the Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the exquisite calligraphy of Islamic mosques. But making the divine visible in the human world has never been simple. All religions have wrestled with idolatry and iconoclasm, destroying art as well as creating it - and asking how to look with The Eye of Faith.

Pompeji

Pompeji

Author: Mary Beard Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2017

Im Jahr 79 n. Chr. regnete gluhende Asche auf Pompeji nieder. Lava uberflutete Menschen, Tiere und Gebaude - und konservierte sie fur die Ewigkeit. Jahrhunderte spater ist Pompeji eine der wichtigsten Fundstatten der Archaologie. Die weltweit bekannte Historikerin Mary Beard nimmt uns mit auf einen faszinierenden Spaziergang durch die Geschichte Pompejis. Sie schildert, wie die Menschen dort gelebt und geliebt haben, beschreibt Hauser, Kneipen und Garten, Kunstwerke und Dinge des Alltags. Zugleich entlarvt sie die Irrtumer, die Forschern immer wieder unterliefen, und zeigt, wie es wirklich war. Mit jedem faszinierenden Ratsel, das sie dabei prasentiert, wachst die Sehnsucht, diesen Ort mit eigenen Augen zu sehen."e;Pompeji"e; wurde 2008 mit dem renommierten Wolfson History Prize ausgezeichnet."e;Dieses fantastische Buch ... ist ein Vorbild fur ebenso scharfsinniges wie spannendes Erzahlen uber die Vergangenheit."e;The Guardian

Kleopatras Nase

Kleopatras Nase

Author: Mary Beard Format: eBook Release Date: 22/06/2017

Die international bekannte Althistorikerin Mary Beard hat uns schon in "e;SPQR"e;, der groen Geschichte des Romischen Reichs, die Welt der Antike so nah gebracht wie nie zuvor. Auch in "e;Cleopatras Nase"e; unterhalt sie mit erstaunlichen Geschichten aus dem alten Griechenland und Rom, deckt Irrtumer auf und zerstort Mythen. In kurzweiligen und unterhaltsamen Essays schildert sie unbekannte Details aus dem Alltagsleben von Sklaven, Soldaten, Frauen und Kindern. Wir erfahren, woruber die Griechen lachten und wie gro Alexander wirklich war, warum die Asterix-Comics so erfolgreich sind und die Ruinen Pompejis zum Hotspot fur Touristen wurden. An Beispielen von Sappho bis zu Julius Casar, von der unbekannten griechischen Sklavin bis zum romischen Senator behandelt Mary Beard grundlegende Fragen und zentrale Momente der Alten Geschichte. So zeigt sie, wie gegenwartig die Antike immer noch ist.

SPQR

SPQR

Author: Mary Beard Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2016

Die Geschichte Roms fur unsere Zeit:Wer hatte gedacht, dass Alte Geschichte so spannend und gegenwartig sein kann?Unkonventionell, scharfsinnig und zugleich akademisch versiert - dies trifft nicht nur auf die hochrenommierte Althistorikerin und Cambridge-Professorin Mary Beard selbst zu, sondern auch auf ihre neue groe Geschichte des Romischen Reichs und seiner Bewohner.Scharfsinnig und lebensnah erzahlt Mary Beard die Geschichte eines Weltreichs, lasst uns Kriege, Exzesse, Intrigen miterleben, aber auch den romischen Alltag - vom Arger in Mietshausern bis zu Ciceros Scheidung. Sie lasst uns hinter die Legenden und Mythen blicken, hinterfragt sicher Geglaubtes und kommt zu uberraschenden Einsichten. So erscheint Rom ganz nah - etwa in seinen Debatten uber Integration und Migration - und doch auch faszinierend fern, wenn es beispielsweise um Sklaverei geht. Ein neuer Blick auf das alte Rom.In prachtiger Ausstattung, mit uber hundert s/w Abbildungen und umfangreichem farbigem Bildteil.

Laughter in Ancient Rome

Laughter in Ancient Rome

Author: Mary Beard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2015

What made the Romans laugh? Was ancient Rome a carnival, filled with practical jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was it a carefully regulated culture in which the uncontrollable excess of laughter was a force to fear a world of wit, irony, and knowing smiles? How did Romans make sense of laughter? What role did it play in the world of the law courts, the imperial palace, or the spectacles of the arena? Laughter in Ancient Rome explores one of the most intriguing, but also trickiest, of historical subjects. Drawing on a wide range of Roman writing from essays on rhetoric to a surviving Roman joke book Mary Beard tracks down the giggles, smirks, and guffaws of the ancient Romans themselves. From ancient monkey business to the role of a chuckle in a culture of tyranny, she explores Roman humor from the hilarious, to the momentous, to the surprising. But she also reflects on even bigger historical questions. What kind of history of laughter can we possibly tell? Can we ever really get the Romans' jokes?

Laughter in Ancient Rome

Laughter in Ancient Rome

Author: Mary Beard Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2014

What made the Romans laugh? Was ancient Rome a carnival, filled with practical jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was it a carefully regulated culture in which the uncontrollable excess of laughter was a force to fear--a world of wit, irony, and knowing smiles? How did Romans make sense of laughter? What role did it play in the world of the law courts, the imperial palace, or the spectacles of the arena? Laughter in Ancient Rome explores one of the most intriguing, but also trickiest, of historical subjects. Drawing on a wide range of Roman writing--from essays on rhetoric to a surviving Roman joke book--Mary Beard tracks down the giggles, smirks, and guffaws of the ancient Romans themselves. From ancient monkey business to the role of a chuckle in a culture of tyranny, she explores Roman humor from the hilarious, to the momentous, to the surprising. But she also reflects on even bigger historical questions. What kind of history of laughter can we possibly tell? Can we ever really get the Romans' jokes?

The Roman Triumph

The Roman Triumph

Author: Mary Beard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2009

It followed every major military victory in ancient Rome: the successful general drove through the streets to the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill; behind him streamed his raucous soldiers; in front were his most glamorous prisoners, as well as the booty he'd captured, from enemy ships and precious statues to plants and animals from the conquered territory. Occasionally there was so much on display that the show lasted two or three days. A radical reexamination of this most extraordinary of ancient ceremonies, this book explores the magnificence of the Roman triumph, but also its darker side. What did it mean when the axle broke under Julius Caesar's chariot? Or when Pompey's elephants got stuck trying to squeeze through an arch? Or when exotic or pathetic prisoners stole the general's show? And what are the implications of the Roman triumph, as a celebration of imperialism and military might, for questions about military power and victory in our own day? The triumph, Mary Beard contends, prompted the Romans to question as well as celebrate military glory. Her richly illustrated work is a testament to the profound importance of the triumph in Roman culture-and for monarchs, dynasts and generals ever since. But how can we re-create the ceremony as it was celebrated in Rome? How can we piece together its elusive traces in art and literature? Beard addresses these questions, opening a window on the intriguing process of sifting through and making sense of what constitutes history.

The Invention of Jane Harrison

The Invention of Jane Harrison

Author: Mary Beard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2002

Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) is the most famous female Classicist in history, the author of books that revolutionized our understanding of Greek culture and religion. A star in the British academic world, she became the quintessential Cambridge woman--as Virginia Woolf suggested when, in A Room of One's Own, she claims to have glimpsed Harrison's ghost in the college gardens. This lively and innovative portrayal of a fascinating woman raises the question of who wins (and how) in the competition for academic fame. Mary Beard captures Harrison's ability to create her own image. And she contrasts her story with that of Eugenie Sellers Strong, a younger contemporary and onetime intimate, the author of major work on Roman art and once a glittering figure at the British School in Rome--but who lost the race for renown. The setting for the story of Harrison's career is Classical scholarship in this period--its internal arguments and allegiances and especially the influence of the anthropological strain most strikingly exemplified by Sir James Frazer. Questioning the common criteria for identifying intellectual influence and movements, Beard exposes the mythology that is embedded in the history of Classics. At the same time she provides a vivid picture of a sparkling intellectual scene. The Invention of Jane Harrison offers shrewd history and undiluted fun.

Rome in the Late Republic

Rome in the Late Republic

Author: Mary Beard, N. Crawford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2000

This textbook outlines the factors that every student must assess for a proper understanding of the period, from the attitudes of the aristocracy and the role of state religion to the function of political institutions. This second edition also contains a new introduction and an updated bibliography.

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