Confronting the Classics (Ebook)

Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

Mary Beard

Mary Beard takes us on an exhilarating journey through the extraordinary riches of the classical heritage, and why it still matters.

Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her TV presenting and her books.

In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of classical history, such as Alexander the Great, Nero and Boudicca. She invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves. She takes a fresh look at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, from The Golden Bough to Asterix.

The fruit of over thirty years in the world of classical scholarship, Confronting the Classics captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.

Publication date: 07/03/2013

£4.99

ISBN: 9781847658883

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B00BHA8A04

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Confronting the Classics (Paperback)

Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

Mary Beard

Mary Beard takes us on an exhilarating journey through the extraordinary riches of the classical heritage, and why it still matters.

Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her TV presenting and her books.

In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of classical history, such as Alexander the Great, Nero and Boudicca. She invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves. She takes a fresh look at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, from The Golden Bough to Asterix.

The fruit of over thirty years in the world of classical scholarship, Confronting the Classics captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.

Publication date: 13/03/2014

£9.99

ISBN: 9781781250495

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Reviews for Confronting the Classics

'With such a champion as Beard to debunk and popularise, the future of the study of classics is assured'

 Daily Telegraph

'She's pulled off that rare trick of becoming a don with a high media profile who hasn't sold out, who is absolutely respected by the academy for her scholarship ... what she says is always powerful and interesting'

 Guardian

'witty, erudite collection...To Beard, the classical past is alive and kicking - and she has the great gift of being able to show just why classics is still a subject worth arguing about'

 Sunday Times

'an irrepressible enthusiast with a refreshing disregard for convention'

 FT

'She stands in the great tradition of myth-puncturing Latin classicists'

 New York Review of Books

'Beard is the best...communicator of Classics we have'

 Independent on Sunday

'highly engaging'

 Sunday Telegraph

'sparkling'

 The Lady

'so engaging, and at times so very funny'

Edith Hall Times

'this is the perfect introduction to classical studies, and deserves to become something of a standard work in the future'

 Observer

Mary Beard

Mary Beard

Mary Beard is one of the most original and best-known classicists working today. She is Professor of Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the Classics editor of the TLS. She is a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her books include the Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town (2008) and the best-selling SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (2015). Her popular TLS blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day. Her latest book is Women & Power: A Manifesto (2017).

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