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    • SPQR

    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

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    • This excellent history of Ancient Rome

    • By David on 07-12-2015
    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 19-10-2015
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 268 ratings

    Non-member price: $23.41

    • Women & Power: A Manifesto

    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Mary Beard
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Britain's best known classicist, Mary Beard, is also a committed and vocal feminist. In Women & Power she revisits the gender agenda and shows how history has treated powerful women, using examples ranging from the classical world to the modern day. Beard explores the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, our cultural assumptions about women's relationship with power and how powerful women resist being packaged into a male template.

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town

    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Pompeii explodes a number of myths - among them, the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one; and the death count, which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. These are just a few of the strands that make up an extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain’s leading classicist.

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    • Brilliant!

    • By Eloise on 21-10-2015

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • The Parthenon

    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The ruined silhouette of the Parthenon on its hill above Athens is one of the world's most famous images. Its 'looted' Elgin Marbles are a global cause celebre. But what actually are they? In a revised and updated edition, Mary Beard, award winning writer, reviewer and leading Cambridge classicist, tells the history and explains the significance of the Parthenon, the temple of the virgin goddess Athena, the divine patroness of ancient Athens. 

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Classics: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Mary Beard, John Henderson
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This Very Short Introduction to classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture - from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur.

    Non-member price: $17.56

    • How Do We Look/The Eye of Faith

    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Mary Beard
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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    The idea of 'civilisation' has always been debated, even fought over. At the heart of those debates lies the big question of how people - from prehistory to the present day - have depicted themselves and others, both human and divine. Distinguished historian Mary Beard explores how art has shaped, and been shaped by, the people who created it. How have we looked at these images? Why have they sometimes been so contentious?

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Women of Westminster

    • The MPs who Changed Politics
    • By: Rachel Reeves, Mary Beard - foreword
    • Narrated by: Rachel Reeves, Harriet Harman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the past 100 years, a total of 489 women have been elected to Parliament. Yet it was not until 2015 that the total number of women ever elected surpassed the number of male MPs in a single parliament. The achievements of these political pioneers have been remarkable - Britain has now had two female Prime Ministers, and women MPs have made significant strides in fighting for gender equality, from the earliest suffrage campaigns to Barbara Castle's fight for equal pay to Harriet Harman's recent legislation on the gender pay gap. 

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • Mujeres y poder

    • By: Mary Beard, Silvia Furió
    • Narrated by: Neus Sendra
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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    Mary Beard no es solo la clasicista más famosa a nivel internacional; es también una feminista comprometida y como tal se manifiesta asiduamente en las redes sociales. En este libro muestra, con ironía y sabiduría, cómo la historia ha tratado a las mujeres y personajes femeninos poderosos. Beard explora los fundamentos culturales de la misoginia, considerando la voz pública de las mujeres, nuestras suposiciones culturales sobre la relación de las mujeres con el poder y cuánto se resisten las mujeres poderosas a ser sometidas a un patrón masculino. 

    Non-member price: $29.24

    • The Colosseum

    • By: Mary Beard, Keith Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
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    The Colosseum was Imperial Rome's monument to warfare. Like a cathedral of death it towered over the city and invited its citizens, 50,000 at a time, to watch murderous gladiatorial games. It is now visited by two million visitors a year (Hitler was among them). Award-winning classicist Mary Beard, with Keith Hopkins, tells the story of Rome's greatest arena: how it was built; the gladiatorial and other games that were held there; the training of the gladiators; the audiences who revelled in the games, the emperors who staged them and the critics.

    Non-member price: $30.38