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Mary Beard

A professor of classics at Cambridge University, Mary Beard is the author of the best-selling SPQR and Women & Power and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated Confronting the Classics. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Books by Mary Beard

  1. Book CoverConfronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations

    A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, this is “the perfect introduction to classical studies, and deserves to become something of a standard work” (Observer).More

  2. Book CoverHow Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization

    From prehistoric Mexico to modern Istanbul, Mary Beard looks beyond the familiar canon of Western imagery to explore the history of art, religion, and humanity.More

  3. Book CoverSPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

    New York Times Bestseller • National Book Critics Circle Finalist • Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2015 • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015 • Economist Books of the Year 2015 • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2015

    A sweeping, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (Atlantic).More

  4. Book CoverWomen & Power: A Manifesto


    "A modern feminist classic."—The Guardian

    From the internationally acclaimed classicist and New York Times best-selling author comes this timely manifesto on women and power.