Mary Beard (classicist)

Dame Winifred Mary Beard, DBE, FSA, FBA, FRSL (born 1 January 1955)[1] is an English scholar of Ancient Roman civilisation.

Mary Beard

Beard in 2017
Winifred Mary Beard

(1955-01-01) 1 January 1955 (age 66)
(m. 1985)
Academic background
EducationShrewsbury High School
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge (MA, PhD)
ThesisThe state religion in the late Roman Republic: a study based on the works of Cicero (1982)
Doctoral advisorJohn Crook
Academic work
Notable worksThe Roman Triumph
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

She is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge,[2] 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".[3][4] Her frequent media appearances and sometimes controversial public statements have led to her being described as "Britain's best-known classicist".[5]

The New Yorker characterises her as "learned but accessible".[6]