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Beard, Mary 1955-

Works: 204 works in 1,006 publications in 11 languages and 30,749 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Television mini-series  Biography  Biographies  Trivia and miscellanea  Blogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, wpr, Narrator, osp, Creator, Other, Contributor, Commentator, Interviewee
Classifications: DG231, 937
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Most widely held works by Mary Beard
SPQR : a history of ancient Rome by Mary Beard( Book )

43 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient Rome was an imposing city even by modern standards, a sprawling imperial metropolis of more than a million inhabitants, a "mixture of luxury and filth, liberty and exploitation, civic pride and murderous civil war" that served as the seat of power for an empire that spanned from Spain to Syria. Yet how did all this emerge from what was once an insignificant village in central Italy? Classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even two thousand years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty. From the foundational myth of Romulus and Remus to 212 CE -- nearly a thousand years later -- when the emperor Caracalla gave Roman citizenship to every free inhabitant of the empire, S.P.Q.R. (the abbreviation of "The Senate and People of Rome") examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries by exploring how the Romans thought of themselves: how they challenged the idea of imperial rule, how they responded to terrorism and revolution, and how they invented a new idea of citizenship and nation. Opening the book in 63 BCE with the famous clash between the populist aristocrat Catiline and Cicero, the renowned politician and orator, Beard animates this "terrorist conspiracy," which was aimed at the very heart of the Republic, demonstrating how this singular event would presage the struggle between democracy and autocracy that would come to define much of Rome's subsequent history. Illustrating how a classical democracy yielded to a self-confident and self-critical empire, S.P.Q.R. reintroduces us to famous and familiar characters -- Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, and Nero, among others -- while expanding the historical aperture to include those overlooked in traditional histories: the women, the slaves and ex-slaves, conspirators, and those on the losing side of Rome's glorious conquests
The Roman triumph by Mary Beard( )

29 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes every major military campaign and victory in ancient Rome, explaining what the Roman triumph really looked like and what it symbolized
Classics : a very short introduction by Mary Beard( )

46 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Very Short Introductions offer stimulating, accessible introductions to a wide variety of subjects, demonstrating the finest contemporary thinking about their central problems and issues
Women & power : a manifesto by Mary Beard( Book )

35 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two essays connect the past with the present, tracing the history of misogyny to its ancient roots and examining the pitfalls of gender
The Parthenon by Mary Beard( Book )

61 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 1,759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Oscar Wilde compared it to a white goddess, Evelyn Waugh to Stilton cheese. In observers from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud to Virginia Woolf it met with astonishment, rapture, poetry, even tears-and, always, recognition. Twenty-five hundred years after it first rose above Athens, the Parthenon remains one of the wonders of the world, its beginnings and strange turns of fortune over millennia a perpetual source of curiosity, controversy, and intrigue. At once an entrancing cultural history and a congenial guide for tourists, armchair travelers, and amateur archaeologists alike, this book conducts readers through the storied past and towering presence of the most famous building in the world. Who built the Parthenon, and for what purpose? How are we to understand its sculpture? Why is it such a compelling monument? The classicist and historian Mary Beard takes us back to the fifth century B.C. to consider the Parthenon in its original guise-as the flagship temple of imperial Athens, housing an enormous gold and ivory statue of the city's patron goddess attended by an enigmatic assembly of sculptures. Just as fascinating is the monument's far longer life as cathedral church of Our Lady of Athens, as "the finest mosque in the world," and, finally, as an inspirational ruin and icon. Beard also takes a cool look at the bitter arguments that continue to surround the "Elgin Marbles," the sculptures from the Parthenon now in the British Museum. Her book constitutes the ultimate tour of the marvelous history and present state of this glory of the Acropolis, and of the world
The fires of Vesuvius : Pompeii lost and found by Mary Beard( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 CE, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman Empire. But the eruptions are only part of the story. In The Fires of Vesuvius, acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains. She explores what kind of town it was -- more like Calcutta or the Costa del Sol? -- and what it can tell us about "ordinary" life there. --from publisher description
Laughter in ancient Rome : on joking, tickling, and cracking up by Mary Beard( )

20 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What made the Romans laugh? Was ancient Rome a carnival, filled with practical jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was it a carefully regulated culture in which the uncontrollable excess of laughter was a force to fear-a world of wit, irony, and knowing smiles? How did Romans make sense of laughter? What role did it play in the world of the law courts, the imperial palace, or the spectacles of the arena? Laughter in Ancient Rome explores one of the most intriguing, but also trickiest, of historical subjects. Drawing on a wide range of Roman writing-from essays on rhetoric to a surviving Roman joke book-Mary Beard tracks down the giggles, smirks, and guffaws of the ancient Romans themselves. From ancient 'monkey business' to the role of a chuckle in a culture of tyranny, she explores Roman humor from the hilarious, to the momentous, to the surprising. But she also reflects on even bigger historical questions. What kind of history of laughter can we possibly tell? Can we ever really 'get' the Romans' jokes?"--
The Colosseum by Keith Hopkins( Book )

17 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of Rome's greatest arena - how it was built, the gladiatorial and other games that were held there, the training of the gladiators, the audiences who revelled in the games, the emperors who staged them and the critics, and the strange after-life
Religions of Rome by Mary Beard( Book )

67 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1 offers a radical new survey of more than a thousand years of religious life in Rome, from the foundation of the city to its rise to world empire and its conversion to Christianity. It sets religion in its full cultural context, between the primitive hamlet of the eighth century BC and the cosmopolitan, multicultural society of the first centuries of the Christian era. Volume 2 reveals the extraordinary diversity of ancient Roman religion. A comprehensive sourcebook, it presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious life in the Roman world - from the foundations of the city in the eighth century BC to the Christian capital more than a thousand years later. Each document is given a full introduction, explanatory notes and bibliography, and acts as a starting point for further discussion. Through paintings, sculptures, coins and inscriptions, as well as literary texts in translation, the book explores the major themes and problems of Roman religion, such as sacrifice, the religious calendar, divination, ritual, and priesthood. Starting from the archaeological traces of the earliest cults of the city, it finishes with a series of texts in which Roman authors themselves reflect on the nature of their own religion, its history, even its funny side. Judaism and Christianity are given full coverage, as important elements in the religious world of the Roman empire
Classical art : from Greece to Rome by Mary Beard( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stunning masterpieces of Ancient Greece and Rome are fundamental to the story of art in Western culture and to the origins of art history. The expanding Greek world of Alexander the Great had an enormous impact on the Mediterranean superpower of Rome. Generals, rulers, and artists seized, imitated, and re-thought the stunning legacy of Greek painting and sculpture, culminating in the greatest art-collector the world had ever seen: the Roman emperor Hadrian. This exciting new look at Classical art starts with the excavation of the buried city of Pompeii, and investigates the grandiose monuments of ancient tyrants, and the sensual beauty of Apollo and Venus. Concluding with that most influential invention of all, the human portrait, it highlights the re-discovery of Classical art in the modern world, from the treasure hunts of Renaissance Rome to scientific retrieval of artworks in the twenty-first century
Confronting the classics : traditions, adventures, and innovations by Mary Beard( Book )

35 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists, an academic with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience. Here, she draws on thirty years of teaching about Greek and Roman history to provide a panoramic portrait of the classical world that draws surprising parallels with contemporary society. We are taken on a guided tour of antiquity, encountering some of the most famous (and infamous) characters of classical history, among them Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Sappho and Hannibal. Challenging the notion that classical history is all about depraved emperors and conquering military heroes, Beard also introduces us to the common people--the slaves, soldiers, and women. How did they live? What made them laugh? What were their marriages like? This bottom-up approach to history is typical of Beard, who looks with fresh eyes at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, taking aim at many of the assumptions we held as gospel.--From publisher description
Rome in the late Republic by Mary Beard( Book )

46 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and French and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This well-established textbook outlines the factors that every student must assess for a proper understanding of the late Republic, from the attitudes of the aristocracy and the role of state religion to the function of political institutions."--BOOK JACKET
How do we look : the body, the divine, and the question of civilisation by Mary Beard( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From prehistoric Mexico to modern Istanbul, Mary Beard looks beyond the familiar canon of Western imagery to explore the history of art, religion, and humanity. Conceived as a gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to "How Do We Look" and "The Eye of Faith," the famed Civilisations shows on PBS, renowned classicist Mary Beard has created this elegant volume on how we have looked at art"--
Archiv für Religionsgeschichte by Jan Assmann( )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in German and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pompeii : the life of a Roman town by Mary Beard( Book )

56 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Destroyed by Vesuvius in A.D. 79, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of what life was like during the reign of the Roman Empire. In this book, acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains, painting an exhaustive portrait of an ancient town
It's a don's life by Mary Beard( )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her now famous 'Timesonline' blog, Mary Beard has made her name as a wickedly subversive commentator on the world in which we live. Her central themes are classics, the universities and teaching, but there is much else besides. This selection will inform and provoke and cannot fail to entertain
Pagan priests : religion and power in the ancient world( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 1990 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invention of Jane Harrison by Mary Beard( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) is the most famous female Classicist in history, the author of books that revolutionized our understanding of Greek culture and religion. A star in the British academic world, she became the quintessential Cambridge woman - as Virginia Woolf suggested when, in A Room of One's Own, she claims to have glimpsed Harrison's ghost in the college gardens."
Civilizations( Visual )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by Kenneth Clark's 1969 mini-series "Civilisation", this nine-part documentary surveys the history of art, from antiquity to the present, emphasizing the role art and the creative imagination have played in the creation of culture and civilization
Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte by Jan Assmann( )

1 edition published in 2008 in German and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The fires of Vesuvius : Pompeii lost and found
Classics : a very short introductionThe ParthenonThe fires of Vesuvius : Pompeii lost and foundThe ColosseumReligions of RomeClassical art : from Greece to RomeRome in the late RepublicPompeii : the life of a Roman town
Alternative Names
Beard, M.

Beard, M. 1955-

Beard, M. (Mary)

Beard, M. (Mary), 1955-

Beard, Winifred Mary

Beard, Winifred Mary, 1955-

Mary Beard 1955-

Mary Beard brit klasszika-filológus

Mary Beard Britse classica

Mary Beard clasicista británica

Mary Beard englische Althistorikerin

Mary Beard English classicist

Mary Beard n/a uit Engeland

Mary Beard universitaire britannique

Берд Мэри

Берд, Мэри 1955-

Мери Бирд англиски класичар

Мері Берд

Мэри Бирд

מרי בירד

ماري بيرد

비어드, 매리 1955-

비어드, 메리 1955-

ビアード, メアリー