This is Mary Beard's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Mary Beard's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Mary Beard
Recent Activity
Dear John, Thank you for that. Do see my most recent blog about 'disagreement'. I think that both of us agree about the underlying issues, but it is possible to accept those and to disagree about the statue without you having to feel sad. We disagree and that's OK!
Thanks jackie.. you sure had done your reading... and it was one of those meetings that means I still like being reached out to!
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2016 on Reaching out to an expert at A Don’s Life
"new build" was intentional (but maybe a slightly fey idiom) .. colour-coded .. thanks, my mistake, m
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2016 on Icelandic inspiration at A Don’s Life
I might have known!
oh blimey... no you are the first! Will sort! THANKS m
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2016 on Putting a book out into the world at A Don’s Life
No we didnt... next time (?871..)
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2016 on Museums in the dark at A Don’s Life
Thanks so much to you and all who have said they enjoyed the book!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2016 on Putting a book out into the world at A Don’s Life
I get the feeling you rather like your floating stop, Helen.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2016 on Bikes, bus stops and pedestrians at A Don’s Life
Thanks for the kind words about SPQR everyone, m
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2016 on Bikes, bus stops and pedestrians at A Don’s Life
yes and no.. he was the son
oh dear; will investigate, m
I think that in a book which also v=covers something of the history of ancient religion and a long time frame, 'State of..' is a useful way of avoiding any ambiguity.
I half agree, Olivia... but I do feel some kind of obligation to find out how the readers of the book read and respond to it! To put it another way round I dont think I could be one of those writers who claim to write for the sake of it and not care what people think. I'm not sure I believe them for a start.. but in the case of SPQR I was hoping to engage people in Roman history... and that does mean finding out if you've done it. Amazon reviewers are not a cross section of the reading public that's for sure, but they ARE a different group from professional reviewers or one's mates. Some of the Amazon reviews (both critical and favourable) are extraordinarily detailed and interesting. Others give a glimpse into an entirely different version of responding to books. I am not at all hurt, but I am struck that the simple mention of Cicero's words being used to attack the State of Israel is read as attack on the State of Israel! And the hair business is a joke.. but I did think it interesting that the writer thought so too. So hope for humanity there! I hope your far away place is fun! And happy new year.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2015 on Putting a book out into the world at A Don’s Life
oh blimey a real freudian there.. corrected!
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2015 on Putting a book out into the world at A Don’s Life
Thanks Marnie, and Happy New Year, M
thanks for getting back! it is funny for me, as the Parthenon book has been criticised on both/all sides for being 'on the fence' (and full disclosure.. my husband is a byzantinist who dd his phd on thessaloniki). On BJ.. the 'debate' was a charity gig raising money for Classics for All, which is helping state schools restart/start teaching Latin etc. wasnt much of a schmooze!
mary tudor i think
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2015 on Happy Christmas at A Don’s Life
Dear Marnie. I think you had better go and have another look at my Partemon book. It was concerned to analyse the arguments on both sides and quite explicitly did not advocate either poistion (sitting on the fence, some would say!). I wonder what on earth you mean by 'sucking the tit of the London financial community'.. do explain.
Well it does reflect my views... but more as work in progress and more provisionally. And it is intentionally dialogic, part of a conversation. That is rather different from say Pompeii (there is a dialogic element there too, but less... and the views are more 'decided'). I might well try out some ideas in the blog on the way to being more decided!
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2015 on The life-cycle of a blog at A Don’s Life
I believe it to be the case that the Rhodes scholarship bequest stipulated that they be open to all, of any race or religion. Surprising we may think given the record. And I woud like to hear more about what lies behind it.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2015 on The life-cycle of a blog at A Don’s Life
Thanks everyone for the link which I was too dumb to locate
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2015 on Thought for the Day at A Don’s Life
One of the problems of rushing to "banning" is that it escalates.. into not hearing those we dont like, whoever the we in power happens to be. Teresa May has banned an awful lot of people; dont let's encourage her by campaigning for the banning of Trump. We are bigger than his arguments
have checked link... works for me
i rather like it... enjoyed R Harris, L Davies, etc.. and slightly more formally adventurous (C ransmayer)... good idea to have a go at it
Spot on. Sorry, added!