It's a Don's Life

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Profile Books, Aug 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 277 pages

Mary Beard's by now famous blog A Don's Life has been running on the TLS website for nearly three years. In it she has made her name as a wickedly subversive commentator on the world in which we live. Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching -- and much else besides.

What are academics for?

Who was the first African Roman emperor?

Looting -- ancient and modern.

Are modern exams easier?

Keep lesbos for the lesbians.

Did St Valentine exist?

What made the Romans laugh?

That is just a small taste of this selection (and some of the choicer responses) which will inform, occasionally provoke and cannot fail to entertain.


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User Review  - lycomayflower - LibraryThing

A collection of posts from classicist Beard's blog. Entries range in topics from current events, academic life, and classics misconceptions, new finds, and so on. Entertaining and enlightening. Read full review

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User Review  - adpaton - LibraryThing

I had never heard of Mary Beard or her blog before picking up this book – my loss indeed: for those similarly ignorant, I heartily recommend ‘It’s a Don’s Life’. Cambridge classicist Professor Mary ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day. She is in the 2014 top 10 Prospect list of the most influential thinkers in the world.

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