Bookshelfie: Mary Beard

Season 6, Episode 17,   Oct 11, 2023, 10:59 PM

World famous classicist Prof Mary Beard covers ageism, feminism, university fees, the role of children’s books, why men are obsessed with the roman empire and of course, her favourite books.

She is also a television and radio presenter, trustee of the British Museum and the author of more than 20 books on classical history, feminism and academic life, including the bestsellers Pompeii, SPQR and Women & Power. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2018. In 2022 she retired from a 40-year academic career at the University of Cambridge. Her new book, Emperor of Rome, looks at the facts and fictions around the Roman rulers, from Julius Caesar to Alexander Severus and is out now.

Mary’s book choices are:
** Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
**  The Emperor’s Babe by Bernardine Evaristo
** Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
** Purity and Danger by Mary Douglas
** Poems and Fragments of Sappho

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