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Mary Beard takes us on an exhilarating journey through the extraordinary riches of the classical heritage, and why it still matters.
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 bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life  and All in a Don's Day . She was in the 2014 Top 10 Prospect list of the most influential thinkers in the world.
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 *