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Mary Beard (1) (1955–)

Author of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

For other authors named Mary Beard, see the disambiguation page.

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Works by Mary Beard

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (2015) 4,732 copies
Women & Power: A Manifesto (2017) 1,349 copies
The Parthenon (2002) 321 copies
The Roman Triumph (2007) 270 copies
The Colosseum (2005) 213 copies
Rome in the Late Republic (1985) 144 copies
It's a Don's Life (2009) 135 copies
Religions of Rome (1998) 57 copies
All in a Don's Day (2012) 55 copies
Pagan Priests (1990) 32 copies
Street Life 1 copy
Roma antica 1 copy

Associated Works

World Mythology (1993) — Contributor — 583 copies
Looking at Greek Vases (1991) — Contributor — 71 copies
Women in Antiquity: New Assessments (1995) — Contributor — 39 copies
Pausanias: Travel and Memory in Roman Greece (2001) — Contributor — 26 copies
Flavian Rome: Culture, Image, Text (2002) — Contributor — 14 copies
Einleitung in die lateinische Philologie (1997) — Contributor — 13 copies
Rome the Cosmopolis (2003) — Contributor — 12 copies


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This book has lots of good information discussing the Rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Some parts of this is quite dense. The part I enjoyed the most was women’s lives during this time. Mary Beard discusses how there are part in Roman views were similar to some of todays views. I also enjoyed that she brought in plays that were popular at the time and how that plays in to what was happening in their world.
Frogiekins04 | 87 other reviews | Mar 25, 2024 |
i get what she’s saying and she’s right in some regards but a lot is slightly questionable. Her summary of Herland is just inaccurate, at least it’s not the way i read it !
highlandcow | 49 other reviews | Mar 13, 2024 |
The author makes her intentions very clear; this is not a linear, chronological narrative, but an examination of the institution of one-man rule in Rome as it was experienced by the men who occupied the post during the first and second centuries. It concentrates on how the office functioned, the men's quotidian lives, and how they were chosen (and, often, deposed). Beard writes in an informal, breezy, sometimes salty style which is quite winning, and the information here is pretty unique, to my knowledge. The closest thing to a criticism I would have is that, in her close examinations of the mundane, sometimes the topics get a little, well, mundane; I particularly could have dome without the longish chapter on palace architecture, not exactly on topic and which made a pretty long book even longer. Still, I enjoyed this throughout and gained a great deal from her approach.… (more)
Big_Bang_Gorilla | 9 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
The author reconstructs a lot of what ancient Rome was like from a mix of sources. But what is special about this work is the awareness it brings into the process of reconstruction itself, how evidence leads to expanded views of what society was like for different groups.

In practical terms the story of Roman society and politics serves as a reminder in contemporary politics 2020.
yates9 | 87 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |



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