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Beard, Mary 1955-

Overview
Works: 134 works in 764 publications in 11 languages and 26,322 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, wpr, Contributor, Other, Commentator, Narrator, Interviewee
Classifications: DG78, 937.6
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Most widely held works about Mary Beard
 
Most widely held works by Mary Beard
SPQR : a history of ancient Rome by Mary Beard( Book )

24 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 2,452 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 Parthenon by Mary Beard( Book )

54 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,719 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 )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,549 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
The Colosseum by Keith Hopkins( Book )

33 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,369 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
Classics : a very short introduction by Mary Beard( Book )

39 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,118 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
Rome in the late Republic by Mary Beard( Book )

45 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and French and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Roman triumph by Mary Beard( Book )

25 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 976 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
Confronting the classics : traditions, adventures, and innovations by Mary Beard( Book )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 books and TV presenting ... 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 brings back to life some of the greatest writers of antiquity - including Thucydides, Cicero and Tacitus - and 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
Pompeii : the life of a Roman town by Mary Beard( Book )

53 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 730 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
Laughter in ancient Rome : on joking, tickling, and cracking up by Mary Beard( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 500 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?"--
Daily life in ancient Rome : the people and the city at the height of the empire by Jérôme Carcopino( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This classic book brings to life imperial Rome as it was during the second century A.D., the time of Trajan and Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. It was a period marked by lavish displays of wealth, a dazzling cultural mix, and the advent of Christianity. The splendor and squalor of the city, the spectacles and the day's routines are reconstructed from an immense fund of archaeological evidence and from vivid descriptions by ancient poets, satirists, letter-writers, and novelists - from Petronius to Pliny the Younger. In a new Introduction, the classicist Mary Beard appraises the book's enduring - and sometimes surprising - influence and its value for general readers and students. She also provides an up-to-date Bibliographic Essay."--Jacket
Literacy in the Roman world( Book )

19 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's a don's life by Mary Beard( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 174 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
Archiv fur religionsgeschichte( )

1 edition published in 2007 in German and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte( )

1 edition published in 2008 in German and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Beard, M.

Beard, M. 1955-

Beard, M. (Mary)

Beard, M. (Mary), 1955-

Beard, Winifred Mary

Beard, Winifred Mary, 1955-

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Берд, Мэри 1955-

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The fires of Vesuvius : Pompeii lost and foundThe ColosseumClassics : a very short introductionRome in the late RepublicThe Roman triumphPompeii : the life of a Roman townDaily life in ancient Rome : the people and the city at the height of the empireIt's a don's life