Mary Beard

Mary Beard is a renowned British classical scholar, historian, and academic. She is a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Newnham College. Beard is known for her work on Roman history, her contributions to the public understanding of classics, and her engaging style of writing. She has authored several books, including 'SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome' and 'Women & Power: A Manifesto', and has presented television documentaries on classical subjects.


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  1. 1. Spqr

    This book is a sweeping historical narrative that delves into the heart of ancient Rome, exploring its rise from an insignificant village in central Italy to a world-dominating superpower that lasted for centuries. The author, a renowned classicist, examines not just the famous emperors and battles, but also the lives of the everyday people, the political and social structures, and the complexities of Roman culture. Through a blend of historical analysis, anecdotal evidence, and a fresh perspective, the book challenges preconceived notions about Roman history and provides a nuanced understanding of how this vast empire's legacy continues to influence the modern world.

  2. 2. Women & Power: A Manifesto

    This book is a compelling exploration of the history of women in power, examining the cultural underpinnings of misogyny from ancient times to the present day. It argues that women have always been excluded from positions of power, and that this exclusion is deeply ingrained in our collective psyche. The author uses examples from history, literature, and contemporary politics to illustrate her points, challenging readers to reconsider their own assumptions about gender and power. She also offers insights into how we can break down these barriers and create a more equitable society.