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Highlights from Mary Beard

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Newnham College. As one of our most eminent Classicists, Mary’s explorations of the way we see ourselves in art and of the relationship between art and religion naturally take in Greek and Roman examples but also material from China, India and Mexico. Below are three of her memorable encounters.

300 - 100 BCE

Mary Beard

Boxer at Rest

Early in the 5th century BC, Greek sculpture sprang to life, replacing rigid idealised figures with the illusion of movement and realistic details. That dramatic leap forward in technique is now known as the Greek Revolution and this figure of a battered boxer highlights what was new.

1300 BCE

Mary Beard

The Colossi of Memnon

The Emperor Hadrian visited these huge statues 2000 years ago and heard them sing. Mary Beard has waited half her life to see, and maybe hear, them up close.


Mary Beard

The Blue Mosque

The grandest mosque in Istanbul is adorned with some of the most extraordinary examples of monumental calligraphy in the Islamic world.