Image of Power: Mary Beard

Mary Beard  and Shadi Bartsch

Image of Power: Mary Beard

Mary Beard  and Shadi Bartsch

12:00pm

Saturday, October 23, 2021

From Mary Beard, one of the world’s leading classicists and cultural commentators, comes Twelve Ceasars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern. This fascinating work questions why murderous autocrats – from the ruthless Julius Caesar to the fly-torturing Domitian – have loomed large in art, from antiquity and the Renaissance through to today. Tune in as Mary Beard lets you in on the detective work that went into her literary creation, and offers the gripping stories behind some of the most challenging and disturbing portraits of power ever created.

Interviewer: Shadi Bartsch

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From Mary Beard, one of the world’s leading classicists and cultural commentators, comes Twelve Ceasars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern. This fascinating work questions why murderous autocrats – from the ruthless Julius Caesar to the fly-torturing Domitian – have loomed large in art, from antiquity and the Renaissance through to today. Tune in as Mary Beard lets you in on the detective work that went into her literary creation, and offers the gripping stories behind some of the most challenging and disturbing portraits of power ever created.

Interviewer: Shadi Bartsch

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Mary Beard is one of the world’s leading classicists and cultural commentators. A specialist in Roman history and art, she is professor of classics at the University of Cambridge and the author of bestselling and award-winning books, including SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome and Women and Power: A Manifesto. She has also written and presented many television programs, from Civilisations and Meet the Romans to The Shock of the Nude. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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Shadi Bartsch is the founding Director of the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago and the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics. She has authored and edited some 12 books on antiquity. Her new translation of Vergil’s Aeneid was issued by Random House in 2021 and a study of the reception of the Classics in contemporary China is forthcoming in 2022. Bartsch has been a Guggenheim fellow, edits the journal KNOW and has held visiting scholar positions in St. Andrews, Taipei and Rome.

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12:00pm

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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