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Mary Beard

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Newnham College, where she has researched and taught since 1984; she is also Classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement.

She has published widely on many things ancient, from books on The Parthenon, The Colosseum and Pompeii (which won the Wolfson History Prize) to a study of Laughter in Ancient Rome, and (with John Henderson) a general introduction to Classical Art: From Greece to Rome. Her most recent books are SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Profile, 2015) and Women & Power (Profile, 2017). Her Civilisations (based on her two episodes of the series) will appear in March 2018 (Profile).

She blogs and tweets (@wmarybeard) and among her radio and television credits are three series of A Point Of View (Radio 4), a documentary about grey hair (Radio 4), Pompeii: Life and Death In A Roman Town (BBC Two), Meet The Romans (three parts, BBC Two), Caligula (BBC Two), Ultimate Rome (four parts, BBC Two). She recently presented a programme on Julius Caesar, and why he still matters, for BBC One.

Mary Beard is currently working on a book about images of Roman Emperors in Western art of the Renaissance and later.

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