There are plenty of good reasons to read classic literature, but Mary Beard reminds us that there’s a different kind of classic that’s worth revisiting and questioning. “You do the ancient world much greater service if you keep arguing with them.”
"What have the Romans ever done for us?" John Cleese grouches in Monty Python's Life of Brian. To be fair, didn't they give us the aqueduct? Roads? Modern sanitation? Medicine? "Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine,...
Last year, Rod Liddle waded into the Mary Beard ‘misogyny’ row. You may recall that Beard appeared on Question Time, and then complained about the ‘misogynistic’ abuse she received on… Continue reading The post Rod Liddle vs Mary Beard – the re-match. Tune in tonight to Any Questions appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Reviewing Mary Beard’s Laughter in Ancient Rome, Gregory Hays points to the deeper meaning she finds in their mirth: On Beard’s telling, ancient laughter is generally associated with unease, especially the unease generated by differences of status and power. In the Life of Aesop, jokes articulate the power relationship of master and slave. Roman comedies […]
Your Coffee Machine is Watching You (Mary Beard) — the future of surveillance isn’t more CCTV cameras, it’s every device ratting you out, all the time. Economics of Apologies — apologies work to restore relationships but are costly for the …
by Emma Carmichael Thanks to our pal Silvia for pointing out this wildly important historical anecdote from Mary Beard's winter lecture for the London Review of Books, entitled "The Public Voice of Women," which you should go read in...Show More Summary
Archaeological discoveries are more likely to be found by technology than with a trowel and a torch, writes classical historian Mary Beard. If you want a vivid glimpse of ancient Roman life, the best place to go - after the more famous Pompeii - is the town of Ostia, a 30-minute train ride from the centre of Rome, near the coast. Show More Summary
Mary Beard speaks up about women’s voices being muted throughout history: [P]ublic speaking and oratory were not merely things that ancient women didn’t do: they were exclusive practices and skills that defined masculinity as a gender. As we saw with Telemachus, to become a man – and we’re talking elite man – was to claim the right to speak. Public […]
This year’s VIDA count of the gender gap in U.S. literary magazines is out. Check back here tomorrow for an analysis of the data. Mary Beard on women and speech in the public sphere. Jason Collins, who came out last spring, has signed with the Brooklyn Nets, making him the first openly gay active player in [...]
by Jia Tolentino Mary Beard, at the London Review of Books, has written a phenomenal essay on women and speech in the public sphere. "I want to start very near the beginning of the tradition of Western literature, and its first recorded...Show More Summary
You’ve been living under a rock if you’re not in the know about the Obama #selfie pic which circulated after the Nelson Mandela memorial service. If you have in fact been residing under said rock then here’s the low-down: Obama, President...Show More Summary
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Post by Mary Fischer. Ugh. I really hate that I can't unsee this one. Chris Siegfried is growing a mustache and beard after hopping on the Movember bandwagon. Oh yes, he is. Desiree Hartsock shared this photo of the two of them on Instagram...Show More Summary
Post by Mary Fischer. Plenty of men participate in "Movember," where they let their facial hair grow out during the month of November in order to raise awareness about men's health issues. But dudes aren't the only ones who are getting on board with this craze. Show More Summary
Mary Jane made a new friend today: an old bearded hippie named Uncle Sam. In a memo released this afternoon, the Department of Justice signaled that it will not meddle with state efforts to legalize and regulate the consumption and sale of pot. Show More Summary
Misogyny. No other word can capture the avalanche of abuse that was heaped upon Caroline Criado-Perez, Stella Creasy, Mary Beard and other women just under a month ago. It was frightening and disturbing. Misogyny, after all, is one of those things official society thought was dealt with in the dim and distant. Show More Summary
Classics professor Mary Beard, who burned her bra to become a TV celebrity, is the latest high-profile female victim of Twitter trolls (CLICK). She's received a bomb threat, which she's reported to the police, and even a rape threat from a myopic troll. Show More Summary
Mere hours after Twitter’s UK honcho Tony Wang apologized personally for the death and rape threats scores of women have received in apparent response to their activism, British classicist and occasional TV presenter Mary Beard received...Show More Summary
As folks in the UK know, Mary Beard was recently on the telly doing some Caligula revisionism … see Adrian Murdoch’s roundup of the reviews (Reviews of Mary Beard’s Caligula … he also mentioned a while back that another Caligula doc which he played a role in is now up at Youtube: Caligula: 1400 Days […]
Reviews of Mary Beard’s Caligula via Bread and Circuses.