Mary Beard (classicist)
Dame Winifred Mary Beard, is an English scholar of Ancient Roman civilisation.(born 1 January 1955)
Winifred Mary Beard
1 January 1955
|Education||Shrewsbury High School|
|Alma mater||Newnham College, Cambridge (MA, PhD)|
|Thesis||The state religion in the late Roman Republic: a study based on the works of Cicero (1982)|
|Doctoral advisor||John Crook|
|Notable works||The Roman Triumph |
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
She is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College, and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature. She is the classics editor of The Times Literary Supplement, where she also writes a regular blog, "A Don's Life". Her frequent media appearances and sometimes controversial public statements have led to her being described as "Britain's best-known classicist".
The New Yorker characterises her as "learned but accessible".