The NPR Fresh Air Interview With Mary Beard

Fascinating stuff from last November, re-aired today because her book is out in paperback next week.

Historian Mary Beard has spent her career working through the texts and source materials of ancient Rome. She has written several books on the subject — including her most recent work, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome — but she doesn’t feel like she’s close to being done with the topic.

Don’t miss it.

One thought on “The NPR Fresh Air Interview With Mary Beard

  1. Jona Lendering 14 Aug 2016 at 9:30 am

    I prefer to miss it. I’ve read that book, SPQR.

    Typically, she makes a bold statement (quoting out of my head: “Christians reinvented the past”), then makes it even bolder (“the most extreme examples of rewriting history”), and fails to offer arguments why this should be so. Perhaps she wants us to believe her because she is an Oxbridge don, but now that many people are highly educated, they are becoming sceptical of unfounded claims – which they can easily recognize.

    So, readers are left with the idea that ancient historians merely shout something and are not interested in explaining how they know this. You don’t need formal schooling to be a historian. This is exactly how people come to, say, Jesus mythicism: anyone can contribute to the study of ancient history. You don’t need arguments – Oxbridge dons don’t offer them either.

    Mens sana qui mal y pense.


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