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Christopher Kissane: ‘Historical myopia is to blame for the attacks on Mary Beard

Recep Tayyip Erdo?an ‘legitimises autocracy with historical myths’. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images 2017 Anadolu Agency On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the historian calls for an end to the trivialisation of theShow More Summary

Mary Beard is right, Roman Britain was multi-ethnic – so why does this upset people so much?

The Roman poet Catullus, now known for the erotic verse he wrote for Lesbia and Juventius, wasn’t particularly bothered about a man’s skin pigmentation (in this particular instance, that of Julius Caesar). So why are we? The post Mary...Show More Summary

If Mary Beard is right, what's happened to the DNA of Africans from Roman Britain?

There are many reasons why a genetic legacy might not be seen in contemporary populations – Mary Beard was right to defend the BBC’s cartoon If you have been on social media at all for the last couple of weeks, you are likely aware of...Show More Summary

Mary Beard is right – ‘Romans’ could be from anywhere, from Carlisle to Cairo

Mary Beard has faced ‘unnecessary insult, misogyny and language of war’ for defending the BBC cartoon. The classics professor’s naysayers refuse to believe ancient civilisations could have been anything but Caucasian, but there is evidence that proves them wrong. Show More Summary

Citizen Classicists Now

Dan Hughes? @danielrhughes11 21 godz. 21 godzin temu Dave, plumber from Milton Keynes, says Mary Beard, professor of classics at Cambridge is wrong about Roman Britain. Ok.

Mary Beard Gets the Tweetstorm Treatment

Last year I read SPQR, Mary Beard’s readable and not-too-long history of the Roman empire up through AD 200. It was good! You should read it if you have any interest in the Roman empire. Recently, however, Beard found herself under attack for confirming that black-skinned people were part of the empire and some of […]

Slow Academia and the Summer

I found Dimitri Nakassis’s recent blog post in response to Mary Beard’s recent column in the TLS pretty interesting, and it seems to have generated a bit of social media buzz as well. Go read it.  [For those of you who read my blog regularly, you can probably skip this post!] To summarize Dimitri and… Read More ?

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Even when he seems most visible, Augustus turns out to be elusive; and that was presumably part of his secret. - Mary Beard

Much Appreciated Father's Day Loot

Lost Illusions by Honore de Balzac The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard Lehrter Station by David Downing The American Spirit:Who We Are and What We Stand For by David McCullough Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough

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In 1903, Benjamin and Mary Purnell founded the Israelite House of David, a religious society in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Read more...

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5 months 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)

5 months 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

10 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…

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...

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