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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

Exhibition. Myths, Memories and Mysteries: Artists Revisit the Past

Jun 30, 2014

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Cabinet of Curiosities: children's trail

Oct 27, 2014

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

Oct 31, 2014

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

Augustus and the rebuilding of Roman identity

Oct 31, 2014

Room G.19, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Ancient History and Archaeology Seminar

Nov 04, 2014

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

Upcoming events

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2014 James Henry Breasted Prize

Oct 27, 2014

The Faculty offers its warm congratulations to Alex Mullen whose book "Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean: Multilingualism and Multiple Identities in the Iron Age and Roman Periods" has been awarded the 2014 James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association.

Douglas Cashin bursaries for Classics undergraduates in Cambridge

Sep 17, 2014

Douglas Cashin bursaries for Classics undergraduates in Cambridge

Women in Classics in Cambridge

Jun 30, 2014

On 23 May 2014, a group of classicists gathered at St John’s College to celebrate their achievements, and the achievements of those who had come before them.

Video of David Sedley's valedictory lecture "Godlikeness"

Jun 04, 2014

Now available to view online.

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