Britain's best known classicist speaks her mind on the ancient, and modern, worlds. A wide-ranging selection from her 'best hit' blog.
Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. Her books include the acclaimed and best-selling Pompeii, The Roman Triumph and The Parthenon (in the Wonders of the World series of which she is general editor).
Delightful ... it has the virtues of brevity, eclecticism and
learning worn lightly ... Beard is a very funny and penetrating
commentator on academic life - and has a fantastic knack for
controversy. If they'd had Mary Beard on their side back then, the
Romans would still have their empire -- Sam Leith * Daily Mail
Enjoyable ... Beard is an exuberant communicator -- Dinah Birch * Observer *
Sharply observed, often hilarious slices of academic life -- Charlotte Higgins * Guardian *
Beard's studies of bygone times are infused with a peppering of wit that is unusual in an academic work, but given free rein here -- Julian Fleming * Sunday Business Post *
This collection of her posts is pithy and engaging. The casual, humorous tone is seemingly informal. But the rhythm and cadence of the short blog have been honed to a fine art ... Beard remains self-deprecatory, invigoratingly sane and zestful -- Frances Spalding * Independent *
The marvellously educative, hilarious It's a Don's Life by Mary Beard, the blogging queen -- Jane Gardam * Daily Telegraph *
Beard has a spry, pithy, conversational style ... a diverting read -- Edmund Gordon * Sunday Times *
Well-written, in short column-length bursts, it's the thinking person's loo book -- Alastair Mabbott * Glasgow Herald *
It's a Don's Life is, by turns, enlightening, funny, outrageous * Weekend Australian *