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Mary Beard

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent book is SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome.
 (July 2017)

A relief from a pediment to a temple in Bath, England, thought to show a gorgon’s head, late first century CE

Which Side of Roman Britain Are You On?

The Real Lives of Roman Britain

by Guy de la Bédoyère

The Edge of the Empire: A Journey to Britannia: From the Heart of Rome to Hadrian’s Wall

by Bronwen Riley

Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain

by Charlotte Higgins

August 18, 2016 issue

Detail of the ‘Alexander Mosaic,’ circa 100 BC, recovered from the floor of the ‘House of the Faun’ in Pompeii, showing Alexander the Great (with a Gorgon’s head on his breastplate) charging toward King Darius of Persia in what is thought to be the Battle of Issus, 333 BC

Alexander: How Great?

Alexander the Great

by Philip Freeman

The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander

edited by James Romm, translated from the Greek by Pamela Mensch

Alexander the Great and His Empire: A Short Introduction

by Pierre Briant, translated from the French by Amélie Kuhrt

Philip II of Macedonia

by Ian Worthington

Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire

by James Romm

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October 27, 2011 issue

Which Thucydides Can You Trust?

Thucydides: The Reinvention of History

by Donald Kagan

A Commentary on Thucydides, Volume III, Books 5.25–8.109

by Simon Hornblower

September 30, 2010 issue

The Hero Pose

I am one of a team that has been redesigning the Greek and Roman Galleries in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. We’ve finished—and a couple of weeks ago the new display opened to the public. This is nothing on the scale of the new Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, of course. But, after the British Museum and the Ashmolean in Oxford (also recently “re-hung”), the Fitz has the best collection of classical antiquities in the UK—thanks to generous donations since the mid-nineteenth century from professors and alumni of the University.

March 3, 2010

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