Professor Mary Beard – Scholar and Classist 

Professor Mary Beard is an English scholar and classicist. Professor Beard has been described by Paul Laity of the Guardian as “Britain’s best-known classicist”.

At the age of eighteen, Professor Beard won a place at Newnham College. Whilst in her first year at university, Beard found that some of her male peers still held very dismissive attitudes regarding the academic potential of women, which only strengthened her determination to succeed and developed her feminist views.

Mary Beard is a committed and vocal feminist and is the of ‘Women & Power: A Manifesto’. In this book, Mary revisits the gender agenda and shows how history has treated powerful women. In 115 pages, Beard traces the roots of misogyny to Athens and Rome.

Mary is a Sunday Times Bestseller who has written 18 books. Many of her books are about classics. Examples include, ‘Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations’ and ‘SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome’.

Professor Beard also writes a blog, A Don’s Life, about her work, current affairs and offers advice to others on topics like the Extended Project Qualification.