Confronting the Classics - Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations

Confronting the Classics - Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations


By (author) Mary Beard

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 239mm x 36mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 6 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0871407167
  • ISBN 13: 9780871407160
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 257,209

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Mary Beard, drawing on thirty years of teaching and writing about Greek and Roman history, provides a panoramic portrait of the classical world, a book in which we encounter not only Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal, but also the common people the millions of inhabitants of the Roman Empire, the slaves, soldiers, and women. How did they live? Where did they go if their marriage was in trouble or if they were broke? Or, perhaps just as important, how did they clean their teeth? Effortlessly combining the epic with the quotidian, Beard forces us along the way to reexamine so many of the assumptions we held as gospel not the least of them the perception that the Emperor Caligula was bonkers or Nero a monster. With capacious wit and verve, Beard demonstrates that, far from being carved in marble, the classical world is still very much alive."

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Beard s essays in this volume range from humor in ancient Greece to the reputation of the emperor Caligula to the restoration of Roman sculpture. She writes with grace and wit on a vast array of subjects, and she has a novelist s gift for selecting odd and revealing details. --Nick Romeo"