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Dame Winifred Mary Beard, DBE, FSA, FBA, FRSL is an English scholar of Ancient Roman civilisation. The New Yorker characterises her as "learned but accessible". She is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College, and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature.
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The Lure of the Arena
Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games
Garrett G. Fagan - 2011-03-28
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Why did the Romans turn out in their tens of thousands to watch brutal gladiatorial games? Previous studies have tried to explain the attraction of the arena by theorizing about its cultural function in Roman society. The games have been seen as celebrations of the violence of empire or of Rome's martial heritage or as manifestations of the emperor...
Mary Beard
@SarahEBond It is a very good book! I agree...      source
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The Railways
Nation, Network and People
Simon Bradley - 2017-02-14 (first published in 2015)
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Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015Currently filming for BBC programme Full Steam AheadBritain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions,...
Mary Beard
it's a great book, so shd be a great programme #FullSteamAhead      source
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Do No Harm
Henry Marsh - 2016-06-07
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What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling, and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to ...
Mary Beard
Listening to Henry Marsh on radio 4. A humbling and reflective doctor. And a great book "Do no harm"      source