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British historian wins prestigious Spanish Asturias prize

MADRID (AP) — British historian Mary Beard has been awarded Spain’s Princess of Asturias 2016 social sciences prize for her work in spreading knowledge of ancient times. A classics professor at the University of Cambridge, Beard, 61, was described as a leading expert on antiquity and one of the most influential British intellectuals in a […]

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

last monthNews : 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

2 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.

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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

Book Critics award finalists include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Paul Beatty, Mary Beard, Frank Stanford

4 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

The board of the National Book Critics Circle -- on which I sit -- met Saturday in New York to select the finalists for our 2015 awards. Monday we announced that five finalists have been chosen in six categories: Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonficton and Poetry. Among the finalists...

Today's Economic History: Mary Beard on the Roman Empire

Today's Economic History: Mary Beard: [There is no such thing as the fall of the Roman Empire](https://newhumanist.org.uk/4979/there-is-no-such-thing-as-the-fall-of-the-roman-empire): "The Romans don’t sit down and have a grand plan to conquer the world... Show More Summary

Beard on Archaeology

The Portable Antiquity Scheme's archaeological outreach does not seem to have penetrated very far at all. Mary Beard apparently thinks "archaeology" is "finding things" (Mary Beard, 'Cuts to archaeology' December 09, 2015). Classics then is "reading things".

Scholar Mary Beard Discusses Ancient Rome, ‘Spartacus’ and ‘Gladiator’ (Podcast)

Mary Beard, a professor of classics at Cambridge University, called into The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy podcast to talk about her new book “SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome”

Spectator books of the year: Ruth Scurr on a terrific year for women writers

2015 has been a terrific year for women writers. I have especially enjoyed Mary Beard’s sceptical and subversive history of… The post Spectator books of the year: Ruth Scurr on a terrific year for women writers appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Best Books Read in November 2015

Tamim Ansary: [Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes](http://amzn.to/1ObS6fq): 1586488139 Mary Beard: [SPQR](http://amzn.to/1MWbexB): 0871404230 Benjamin Graham: [The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. Show More Summary

A Brash Brit’s Subversive Siege of Rome

6 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

Mary Beard has shaken the dust off the Classics world with her vivid vision. With her new book SPQR, she sees our modern life in the empires everyday people.

Boris shows a hint of Euroscepticism — but he still can’t beat Mary Beard

Thank God for Mary Beard. Sure, she’s wrong about Jeremy Corbyn. She was wrong about 9/11. She’s wrong about plenty.… The post Boris shows a hint of Euroscepticism — but he still can’t beat Mary Beard appeared first on Spectator Blo...

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