Professor Mary Beard: in conversation

Professor Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists, and on Thursday 25th November, she joined us for a conversation with Dr Julian Huppert.

Professor at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College, Mary Beard has written numerous books including the Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town; the best-selling SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome; and the thought-provoking Women & Power. Mary has presented highly-acclaimed TV series, including Meet the Romans and Rome – Empire Without Limit, and she hosts the BBC television arts show Inside Culture. She is also a regular media commentator.

Mary was co-presenter of the BBC landmark series Civilisations, for which she wrote an accompanying book. She is also Classics editor of the Times Library Supplement and writes an engaging blog, A Don’s Life. Made an OBE in 2013 for services to Classical scholarship, Mary was further made a Dame in 2018. Other accolades include Royal Academy Professor of Ancient Literature, Fellow of the British Academy, and 2019 recipient of the J.Paul Getty medal. Most recently Mary was appointed a Trustee of the British Museum.

A recording of the conversation is available here.