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Beard, Mary 1955-

Works: 84 works in 436 publications in 7 languages and 18,980 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Miscellanea  Blogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: DG78, 937.6
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Most widely held works about Mary Beard
Most widely held works by Mary Beard
The Roman triumph by Mary Beard( )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 2,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most lavish of Roman rituals was the triumphus, a grandiose procession honoring a general for a glorious victory. In this book, classicist Beard uses--and debunks--modern conceptions of this celebration in order to explore not only what we know and don't know about ancient times, but how we know
Classics a very short introduction by Mary Beard( )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and German and held by 2,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects -- from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative -- yet always balanced and complete -- discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject developed and how it influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all readers an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever area of study one deems important or appealing, whatever topic fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable
The Parthenon by Mary Beard( Book )

44 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,711 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 2011 in English and held by 1,511 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 )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,430 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
Archiv für Religionsgeschichte( )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in German and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classical art : from Greece to Rome by Mary Beard( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,071 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
Rome in the late Republic by Mary Beard( Book )

34 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and French and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religions of Rome by Mary Beard( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 837 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
Confronting the classics : traditions, adventures, and innovations by Mary Beard( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 815 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
Pompeii : the life of a Roman town by Mary Beard( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 722 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
Pagan priests : religion and power in the ancient world( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1990 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte( )

1 edition published in 2008 in German and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archiv fur religionsgeschichte( )

1 edition published in 2007 in German and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invention of Jane Harrison by Mary Beard( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 471 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."
Laughter in ancient Rome : on joking, tickling, and cracking up by Mary Beard( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 459 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 )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 386 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."--BOOK JACKET
Literacy in the Roman world( Book )

8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 180 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
Einleitung in die lateinische Philologie / unter Mitwirkung von Mary Beard [and others] ; herausgegeben von Fritz Graf( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Beard, M.

Beard, M. 1955-

Beard, M. (Mary), 1955-

Берд, Мэри 1955-

Classics a very short introductionThe ParthenonThe fires of Vesuvius : Pompeii lost and foundThe ColosseumClassical art : from Greece to RomeRome in the late RepublicReligions of RomePompeii : the life of a Roman town