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Bletchley Park was run by historians (Hinsley, Briggs), classicists (Knox, Adcock), musicologists, papyrologists, pure mathematicians (Turing, of course) — people whose degrees would fail Sunak’s test, yet who did more for this country than any number of well-paid City analysts
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Baby’s first trip to ⁦@EMSTathens⁩. Happy two month birthday to Elijah today!
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this is great! My life was turned into a romcom! How our arts writer became the lead character in a new play…
It was such an honour to speak to @wmarybeard at the @edfringe this lunctime. I shall be forever haunted by the image of people in ancient Rome shitting sea urchins. You had to be there. And if you weren't, listen to the Iain Dale All Talk podcast. It'll be there in a few weeks.
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Ok. In clearing out my office I found the notes and hand outs for student lectures I gave in mid 80s Should I a) bin them b) store them in the interest of posterity c) consider myself a vain idiot for even thinking of b?…
I love this pic of FDR at a toga party and thank you @barrystrauss for the review.…
I can’t believe it was two years ago when @vizcomic published this fantastic strip featuring me and three of the best women out there!!! @bettanyhughes @wmarybeard @Lucy_Worsley . Not only did we raise a lot of money for charity, but we cemented life-long friendships! Thanks Viz!
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"most authors at some point have been in a signing tent with a small band of loyal friends, while a few feet away Mr/Ms Bestseller has a queue out of the tent & round the block" Perils of literary festivals & preview of our annual Latin Poem at Cheltenham.
Saw a good friend today who supported and encouraged me a lot while editing this book (thank you Katie!) A happy moment of belated, in person celebrations! (it came out during lockdown and when Deji was very little)
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On Tuesday 9th at 1.30 in Edinburgh, I am talking with Iain Dale about loads of things (classics, women, power, retirement, the state of the nation... who knows?) Details here
This weekend on BBC World News, catch @Elif_Safak on #InsideCulture Here's a sneak peek -- where she talks about writing in not-your-mother-tongue
If you like Lorna Robinson's tales from Greek myth, here is a new one (about 4 underworld plants). Ages 8 to adult.
My small ppl had a great time at ⁦@morethanadodo⁩ today. Stick insects and dinosaurs... what's not to love about this
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5 days to go until @ELCSS2 2022!! We have a different look this year with three guest speakers and a visit to @kclclassics Classics Department 🥳 @TalithaKeareyy@Cambridge_Unii@oxfordclassicss@Classical_Assocc@Hellenic_Socc@wmarybeardd
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@wmarybeard @trussliz "Patriotism demands seeing faults as well as virtues. And trying to do better." A throwaway line in a tweet that should be slapped on every school and university in the land. 👌
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While I am on the subject, I thought @trussliz calling Britain the “best country in the world” in the telegraph was a misstep. I am not a committed self-flagellator (& I too “love my country”) but patriotism demands seeing faults as well as virtues. And trying to do better.
I don’t agree with @NicolaSturgeon on quite a few things. But for @trussliz to call her an “attention seeker”…. Blimey. Aren’t politicians supposed to seek attention? Does Liz Truss not?
Now they are BOTH at the @Pitt_Rivers air vents. What do they know that we don't?…
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Here is a sneak peek at some short films we have been making, for schools (and others), taking a new look and the ancient world (and now). And some reflections on how to explain the Roman empire with the help of a pizza.
There’s a great article for Spanish readers here .. on Roman lavs.…
S.P.Q.R and The Anglo Saxons are back in stock! Packed with specially selected full-colour images and maps, and beautifully bound in blocked cloth, @wmarybeard and James Campbell's definitive titles provide fascinating insight into ancient civilisations.…
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'It is actually very hard to work out how to get some unfamiliar and difficult ideas across attractively and without talking down. That, I guess, is what I have learnt from doing telly – and I hope I have learnt to be not quite so stuffy.' (@wmarybeard)…
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The Tory leadership contest now appears to have descended to back-of-an-envelope bright ideas. It is not that there isn't a problem with uni entrance or missed NHS appointments. But hey, doctors have discussed fines for missed appointments and argues against etc etc ...
(re-post) Roman snobs treat the Colosseum as vulgar entertainment, but it was actually relatively upmarket (compare Colosseum 50,000 places, Circus Maximus 150-250,000).…
Hi everyone I’m a California public high school teacher, single mum of a 15 yr old & I love my job. Times are tough for teachers but we do what we love. Can you please RT to promote Ancient studies? @Talemaiden @sentantiq @ColleenDoran @neilhimself @rogueclassicist @wmarybeard…
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@MsRachelCooke @PLSoc Absolutely wonderful piece - do join us as a guest for ‘The #PhilipLarkin Poetry Hour’, 7pm, 5th October. @wmarybeard will read #JosephineHart’s introductory essay from her anthology #LifeSaving: Why we need poetry’. In assoc w/ @PoetryDayUK @PLSoc @britishlibrary @eventsBL
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Professor Goldhill talking about Oedipus .. and why we are never quite as in control of our lives as we think we are! For @CamClassics short films for schools.
Professor Goldhill talking about 0edipus and what Greek tragedy tells us about the choices we make. For ⁦@CamClassics⁩ short films for schools.
Thanks again to ⁦@GaryInghamHair⁩ for the hair maintenance!
My friend Jay Weissberg sent me this video, with Roman emperors advertising a holiday in Lazio Life in the old dogs yet.
I think Dame Mary Beard is one of the most interesting and entertaining people in the UK today. And I'm very lucky she's agreed to speak to me at the Edinburgh Fringe on Tue 9 August. @wmarybeard Buy tickets here…
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I hope I have been saying this clear enough. Yes, there has been a revolution in Cambridge since I was a student; and yes there is a long way to go. Do listen, there was no such thing as the 'precariate' back then. one reason it is good to retire…
i have been giving inteviews about retiring. i really hope i have made it clear that we ought to be thiking about the precariate at the bottom if the structure. I have been lucky.…
It's the end of an era at Cambridge University as Professor of Classics Mary Beard has announced she’s retiring later this year. Listen here:
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"My interest in the ancient world goes back almost as far as I can remember. The first eye-opening moment was visiting the British Museum aged five with my mother: I wanted to see, in the Egyptian Galleries, a piece of carbonised bread or cake."@wmarybeard…
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Rishi Sunak has an image problem with his Prada shoes. Julius Caesar had an image problem with the hang of his toga. All explained here
@wmarybeard We can’t wait to see it! Speaking of musicals based on ancient Greek tragic heroines written by Cambridge students on at Fringe in the second half of August……
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Delighted that the book on Greek and Roman art that I wrote 20 years ago with John Henderson has just appeared in Spanish.…
If you are at the Edinburgh Fringe in the second half of August, DO NOT MISS 'Medea the musical'. Catchy songs, dark humour and a new take on ancient Greek tragedy. Be there or be square!
Energetic fundraisers (I mean that literally!).. @classicsforall is raising money by having people walk Hadrian's Wall this September. Details here:
@TimesRadio @wmarybeard @wmarybeard could not agree more. My classics degree is HUGE help in practising medicine.... Which is an art not a science. Junior doctors follow protocols but really struggle now to think and deduce..... They should all do an arts degree first IMHO.....
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That is a great pic Clare... dont we look younger!! And havent we/you all done well! And thank YOU for being you...…
"I haven't met anybody yet who doesn't say that what they did at university has not informed them better, enriched, sharpened the way they think." Classics professor @wmarybeard reacts to Roehampton University's announcement that it will scrap classics and philosophy courses.
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I hope this wonderful Renaissance medal with its 'little lion' will turn you onto the wonder of medals Most of us (inc me) tend to walk past the medal showcases in galleries ... we shouldn't.
I have tweeted about this before. It is worse than sadd. It is about a wider erosion of humanities in new uni's (and ones which have done huge amounts for a new style of classics/humanities, inclusivity etc etc_)…
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