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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Written by Mary Beard (a well known historian, you may have seen her BBC shows), SPQR is an account of the rise and creation of Ancient Rome as the Empire we know.  444 more words


Mary Beard's SPQR

Mary Beard, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Profile 2015)

The story of Mary Beard and the troll is a fable for our times about the power of generous intelligence. 954 more words


In practice, most people, most of the time, manage to manipulate two strikingly incompatible views of laughter: the myth of its uncontrollability on the one hand and the everyday experience of laughter as a learned, cultural response on the other.

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The long siege, and final destruction, of Carthage in 146 BCE was gruesome even by ancient standards, with atrocities reported on both sides. The losers could be as spectacularly cruel as the victors.

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One of the quips attributed to Enoch Powell—a notorious twentieth-century politician, sardonic wit, and expert classicist—is his reply to a chatty barber. “How should I cut your hair, sir?” “In silence” was Powell’s answer.

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S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard


BLURB: “Ancient Rome matters: we still judge ourselves against its history of empire, conquest and excess, and its debates about citizenship, terrorism and the rights of the individual influence how we think about civil liberty today. 232 more words


The thing I’ve noticed since I started seriously writing this book, is the amount of procrastination I find myself doing. Most of the time it’s the little things, really. 1,043 more words