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Beard, Mary 1955-

Works: 86 works in 540 publications in 9 languages and 20,422 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Miscellanea  Blogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, wpr, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Commentator, Interviewee, Narrator
Classifications: DG78, 937.6
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Most widely held works about Mary Beard
Most widely held works by Mary Beard
The Parthenon by Mary Beard( Book )

46 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,699 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 1,515 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 )

34 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,418 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 )

26 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,075 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
Classical art : from Greece to Rome by Mary Beard( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,068 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 )

38 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and French and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Roman triumph by Mary Beard( Book )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 951 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
Religions of Rome by Mary Beard( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and French and held by 947 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 )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 796 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 TV presenting and her books. 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 also 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 t
Pagan priests : religion and power in the ancient world( Book )

21 editions published between 1980 and 1990 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

27 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 581 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
The invention of Jane Harrison by Mary Beard( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Questioning the common criteria for identifying intellectual "influence" and "movements," Beard exposes the mythology that is embedded in the history of classics. At the same time she provides a picture of a sparkling intellectual scene."--Jacket
Laughter in ancient Rome : on joking, tickling, and cracking up by Mary Beard( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 398 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 Jrme Carcopino( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 390 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 )

20 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Einleitung in die lateinische Philologie / unter Mitwirkung von Mary Beard [and others] ; herausgegeben von Fritz Graf( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 176 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
All in a don's day by Mary Beard( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching - and much else besides. In this second collection following on from the success of It's a Don's Life, Beard ponders whether Gaddafi's home is Roman or not, we share her 'terror of humiliation' as she enters 'hairdresser country' and follow her dilemma as she wanders through the quandary of illegible handwriting on examination papers and 'longing for the next dyslexic' - on whose paper the answers are typed, not handwritten. Praise for It's a Don's Life 'Delightful ... it has the virtues of brevity, eclecticism and learning worn li
Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte( )

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

Archiv für Religionsgeschichte( )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in German and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Beard, M.

Beard, M. 1955-

Beard, M. (Mary), 1955-

Mary Beard clasicista britnica

Mary Beard englische Althistorikerin

Берд, Мэри 1955-

Мері Берд

Мэри Бирд

מרי בירד

The fires of Vesuvius : Pompeii lost and foundThe ColosseumClassics : a very short introductionClassical art : from Greece to RomeRome in the late RepublicThe Roman triumphReligions of RomePompeii : the life of a Roman town