Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her TV presenting and her books.
In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of classical history, such as Alexander the Great, Nero and Boudicca. She invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves. She takes a fresh look at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, from The Golden Bough to Asterix.
The fruit of over thirty years in the world of classical scholarship, Confronting the Classics captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.
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...we learn that the ancients weren’t that great; they just had good spin doctors. Remember, the winner always writes the history. A top-notch introduction to some fairly arcane material, accessible but not patronizing.Read Full Review of Confronting the Classics | See more reviews from Kirkus
The selection of essays that make up the book are written with all the intellectual assurance and wit for which Beard is known. Offering a sweeping selection of insights into ancient Greece and Rome, Beard makes the archaic seem accessible...Read Full Review of Confronting the Classics | See more reviews from Guardian
Using Terence Rattigan's 1948 play about an aging classics teacher, "The Browning Version," as her point of departure, Ms. Beard lays out the case for ancient study...Ms. Beard's careful selection and revision, including numerous cross-references, produce an unexpectedly coherent whole.Read Full Review of Confronting the Classics | See more reviews from WSJ online
...perhaps elision is the price to pay for a book that so expertly straddles the line between scholarly and accessible. In a field that can so often be dominated by minutiae, Mary Beard is unafraid to go big.Read Full Review of Confronting the Classics | See more reviews from NPR
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