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2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Female Power (from Medusa to Merkel) I love reading Mary Beard. She may be a professor, the highest of high-brow professors, but she writes — and speaks (albeit with a British accent) — like an actual human. Enjoy.... read more AJBlog: Straight|Up Published 2017-03-09  

Female Power (from Medusa to Merkel)

2 weeks agoArts : Straight Up

I love reading Mary Beard. She may be a professor, the highest of high-brow professors, but she writes — and speaks (albeit with a British accent) — like an actual human. Enjoy. Her talk begins: In 1915 Charlotte Perkins Gilman published a funny but unsettling story called Herland. As the title hints, it’s a fantasy […]

Quo Usque Tandem Abutere, Trumpetina?

Note to Self: Was it Mary Beard who said that, much as she loved to read Tacitus and Suetonius, it was implausible that all the good emperors were those who died in their beds and were followed by their chosen successors no matter how many senators they had killed or...

It's The Most Wreckiest Time Of The Year

5 months agoHumor : Cake Wrecks

It's my favorite time of the wrecky year, minions: HALLOWEEN. The time when all rules of cake decorating go right out the window, and anything goes. Want a scarecrow with a carrot nose in a leprechaun beard wearing a Mary Poppins hat? GOT...Show More Summary

'Pretty Little Liars' Episode 7.7 Photos: Jason Returns to Warn Ali About Mary

A long-haired and bearded Jason DiLaurentis returns to Rosewood to warn Alison about their estranged aunt, Mary Drake. Apparently, he doesn't think she can be trusted as much as Alison does. Meanwhile, the Liars learn some truths about Mary and Mrs. Show More Summary

Lessons on referendums: why the Greeks only used “Ostracism” for a short period of their history…

9 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Referendum: after the ‘weapons grade’ shock to the UK’s political system, do you still remember that? Great lessons from Mary Beard and Ancient Athens on the shortcomings of Ostracism… I am not suggesting that there is a direct lesson here that we can simply apply across the millennia. Ancient Athens is far too different from more...

Where'er you walk - Arias for Handel's favourite tenor

9 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Handel, Boyce, Arne; Allan Clayton, Mary Bevan, Orchestra of Classical Opera, Ian Page; Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jun 18 2016 Star rating: 5.0 A survey of the music written for John Beard, the great tenor for whomShow More Summary

Artists, writers, and academics on Brexit

That is a Mary Beard feature in the 3 June 2016 edition of the Times Literary Supplement.  Various luminaries were asked what they thought of Brexit.  My favorite answer came from Colm Tóibín: The European Union, despite its flaws, or...Show More Summary

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: It's not all sunshine

How filming the series saw Mary battling the elements, at home and abroad

Ultimate Rome: The town that captured Mary Beard's heart

How Timgad on the edge of the Sahara left its mark on the classicist

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: An underwater battlefield

How a helmet in Palermo got Mary excited about Rome's military past

"And she’s such a ’60s girl! She’s still faithful to the hairstyle. It’s like Jean Shrimpton...."

Said Manolo Blahnik, the shoe designer, about Mary Beard, the great writer about books on ancient Rome. He's quoted in a NYT article titled "Mary Beard and Her ‘Battle Cry’ Against Internet Trolling," which is about her self-defense against things that have been said about the way she looks. Show More Summary

Mary Beard and Her ‘Battle Cry’ Against Internet Trolling

11 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The acclaimed Cambridge classicist takes on everything from Internet stalkers to women’s rights.

All the Women in the World Are Equally Good and Nothing Else Matters

12 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

What do former First Lady Laura Bush, IMF chief Christine Lagarde, Cambridge classicist Mary Beard, and comedian Mindy Kaling have in common? They are all women. And... and?? Read more...

Gender fluidity versus genre fluidity and hybridity’s hubris

In her amazing SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, Mary Beard writes that “Greek and Roman intellectuals were fascinated by word derivations, which they were convinced gave the key not just to the origin of the word but also its… Continue reading ?

Busting myths and unearthing secrets: The real people of Pompeii

From what they were baking when the volcano erupted to how they spent their free time, Mary Beard discovers how the people of Pompeii really lived.

SPQA

Mary Beard's history of ancient Rome, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Senatus PopulusQue Romanus), offers disturbing lessons for 21st century America. Efforts to draw direct parallels can be too forced. But as countless commentators...Show More Summary

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