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Professor Mary Beard

Professor Mary Beard

Professor of Classics

Newnham College
Cambridge
CB3 9DF

Office Phone: 01223 335162 (Faculty) / 335712 (College)

Biography:

I am Classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement.

Research Supervision

Recent topics: The culture of Roman display; Roman colour; paradigms of power in the Roman empire.

Key Publications

Books

Pompeii: the life of a Roman Town (London and Cambridge, MA., 2008)
The Roman Triumph (Cambridge, Ma., 2007)
The Colosseum (with Keith Hopkins) (London and Cambridge, Ma, 2004)
The Parthenon (London and Cambridge, Ma., 2002)
Classical Art: from Greece to Rome (with John Henderson) (Oxford, 2001)
The Invention of Jane Harrison (Cambridge, Ma., 2000)
Religions of Rome (with John North and Simon Price), (Cambridge, 1998)
Classics: a very short introduction (with John Henderson) (Oxford, 1995)
Pagan Priests (ed. with John North) (London, 1990)
The Good Working Mother's Guide (London, 1989)
Rome in the Late Republic (with Michael Crawford) (London, 1985, 2nd ed. 1999)

Among my favourite articles are:

“While Ridgeway lives research can ne’er be dull”, in C. Stray (ed.), The Owl of Minerva: Cambridge Praelections 1906 (Cambridge, 2004)
"Ciceronian Correspondences: making a Book out of Letters", in T. P. Wiseman (ed.), Classics in Progress, ( London , 2002), 103-144
"Looking (harder) for Roman myth:  Dumézil, declamation and the problems of definition" in F. Graf (ed.), Mythos in mythenloser Gesellschaft:  das Paradeigma Roms (Coll. Rauricum III, Stuttgart, 1993), 44-64
"Souvenirs of culture:  deciphering (in) the museum", Art History 15 (1992), 505-32
"A Complex of Times:  no more sheep on Romulus ' birthday", PCPhS  1987, 1-15 (reprinted in C. Ando (ed.), Roman Religion ( Edinburgh , 2003))
"The Sexual Status of Vestal Virgins", JRS  70 (1980), 12-27

Upcoming events

Literature Seminar

May 30, 2016

Room 1.04, Classics Faculty

Literature Seminar

May 31, 2016

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

Jul 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Aesop's Forest: the Scared Lion

Jul 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Family Tour

Jul 29, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences

May 25, 2016

Prof Mary Beard has been bestowed with the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

Cambridge Classics top in Guardian University Guide (again)

May 23, 2016

The Faculty of Classics has once more topped the Guardian University Guide

Video Competition Winners

May 16, 2016

Cambridge's own Mary Beard announces the winners of our Cambridge Ancient World Video competition for schools...

PhD Studentship on the Early Greek Alphabet

May 04, 2016

The Faculty of Classics is pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD Studentship on the Early Greek Alphabet, commencing October 2016, as part of the ERC funded CREWS Project.

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