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Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations (Paperback)
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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.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781250495
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 *

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“Written by an Academic for other Academics”

I had high hopes for this book. I anticipated the folksy and informative sort of thing that appealed to me with Mary Beard's television series. Instead I got to read a rehash of old reviews of as printed in the... More

Hardback edition
6th May 2013
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“A great overview of the world of Classics”

I have to say, I do not agree with a previous 1 star review on this site. This book was a great introduction for me to the world of Classics and a good compilation of sources and literature for further reading. Mary... More

Hardback edition
2nd May 2014
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