In a review of a pair of new books about Seneca, Mary Beard explores the less-than-virtuous life of the famed philosopher Seneca, claiming that the “contradictions in this career are obvious and they troubled many ancient observers, just as they have troubled many later ones.” She reconsiders the Roman Stoic’s perspective toward his death: In […]
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by Phoebe Maltz Bovy Rebecca Mead describes the challenges Cambridge classics professor Mary Beard has faced as a prominent female academic: At Cambridge [in 1972], the inequities of gender began to dawn on Beard. “Most of the people who taught us in the faculty were blokes,” she says. “There were only twelve per cent women […]
Mary Beard, the classicist with a mane of grey hair and a penchant for Jimmy Choos, has shown how to deal with foes: smother them with kindness. In an interview about her experience at the hands of internet trolls she reveals that she wrote references for one of her tormentors because she feared his misogyny, [...]
Rebecca Mead, in the New Yorker: In February, Mary Beard, a classics professor at the University of Cambridge, gave a lecture at the British Museum titled “Oh Do Shut Up Dear!” With amiable indignation, she explored the many ways that men have silenced outspoken women since the days of the ancients. Her speech, which was [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.
Here is a partial list of things for which the British historian Mary Beard has gained reverence and notoriety: Positing that Pompeiians had bad breath, based on tartar levels on their fossilized teeth. Theorizing that Romans didn'tShow More Summary
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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