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Mary Beard has been described as “outspoken, subversive, controversial, dangerous.” The bestselling author (The Fires of Vesuvius) and renowned classics professor from Cambridge University has become a reluctant celebrity known for challenging accepted historical fallacies and never backing down from a fight. Her newest book SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome explores the genesis of the world’s first superpower, from the foundational myth of Romulus and Remus to 212 C.E.—nearly a thousand years later—when the emperor Caracalla gave Roman citizenship to every free inhabitant of the empire. Beard sifts fact from fiction, myth and propaganda from historical record, demonstrating her assertion that Roman history is constantly being revised and rewritten as our knowledge expands. Beard will discuss the research that went into writing this book and share experiences from her work as Britain’s best-known classicist.
Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series.
Series supported by:
and the True-Brown Foundation.
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