Confronting the Classics, 1st Edition

  • Mary Beard
  • Published By: Profile Books
  • ISBN-10: 1847658881
  • ISBN-13: 9781847658883
  • DDC: 930
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade + - College Senior
  • 384 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of classical history, such as Alexander the Great, Nero and Boudicca. She invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves. She brings back to life some of the greatest writers of antiquity - including Thucydides, Cicero and Tacitus - and takes a fresh look at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, from The Golden Bough to Asterix.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: Do Classics Have a Future?.
1: Ancient Greece.
2: Builder of Ruins.
3: Sappho Speaks.
4: Which Thucydides Can You Trust?.
5: Alexander: How Great?.
6: What Made the Greeks Laugh?.
7: Heroes & Villains of Early Rome.
8: Who Wanted Remus Dead?.
9: Hannibal at Bay.
10: Quousque Tandem …?.
11: Roman Art Thieves.
12: Spinning Caesar's Murder.
13: Imperial Rome – Emperors, Empresses & Enemies.
14: Looking for the Emperor.
15: Cleopatra: The Myth.
16: Married to the Empire.
17: Caligula's Satire?.
18: Nero's Colosseum?.
19: British Queen.
20: Bit-part Emperors.
21: Hadrian and his Villa.
22: Rome from the Bottom Up.
23: Ex-slaves and Snobbery.
24: Fortune-telling, Bad Breath and Stress.
25: Keeping the Armies Out of Rome.
26: Life and Death in Roman Britain.
27: South Shields Aramaic.
28: Arts & Culture; Tourists & Scholars.
29: Only Aeschylus Will Do?.
30: Arms and the Man.
31: Don't Forget your Pith Helmet.
32: Pompeii for the Tourists.
33: The Golden Bough.
34: Philosophy Meets Archaeology.
35: What Gets Left Out.
36: Astérix and the Romans.
Afterword: Reviewing Classics.
Further Reading.
List of Figures.