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150th Anniversary of the Society for Classical Studies

last modified Jan 10, 2019 09:14 AM
Mary Beard marked the 150th anniversary of the Society for Classical Studies of the United States with a public lecture at their annual meeting in San Diego on January 5th 2019.

 

Mary challenged some of the 'myths' that classicists believe about the history of the subject -- arguing, for example, that most people in the nineteenth century were little or no more fluent in Greek and Latin than we are, and that classics had not always been the faithful handmaiden of dictators and imperialists (yes, its themes had underpinned the symbols of the British Empire, but it had also empowered the opponents of empire). She made a plea for the classical profession, still very largely white, to commit to greater diversity. That would make it not only a fairer subject, but a better subject for all.

 The talk will soon be available online, and will be posted here.

 

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150th Anniversary of the Society for Classical Studies

Jan 10, 2019

Mary Beard marked the 150th anniversary of the Society for Classical Studies of the United States with a public lecture at their annual meeting in San Diego on January 5th 2019.

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