Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

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By (author) Mary Beard

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 20mm | 262g
  • Publication date: 13 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1781250499
  • ISBN 13: 9781781250495
  • Sales rank: 17,141

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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.

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Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim. Her previous books include the best-selling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph and The Parthenon. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life [9781846682513] and All in a Don's Day [9781846685361].

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With such a champion as Beard to debunk and popularise, the future of the study of classics is assured Daily Telegraph She's pulled off that rare trick of becoming a don with a high media profile who hasn't sold out, who is absolutely respected by the academy for her scholarship ... what she says is always powerful and interesting Guardian witty, erudite collection...To Beard, the classical past is alive and kicking - and she has the great gift of being able to show just why classics is still a subject worth arguing about Sunday Times an irrepressible enthusiast with a refreshing disregard for convention FT She stands in the great tradition of myth-puncturing Latin classicists New York Review of Books Beard is the best...communicator of Classics we have Independent on Sunday highly engaging Sunday Telegraph sparkling The Lady so engaging, and at times so very funny -- Edith Hall Times this is the perfect introduction to classical studies, and deserves to become something of a standard work in the future Observer