Mary Beard (classicist)


Dame Winifred Mary BeardDBEFSAFBA (born 1 January 1955)[1] is an English scholar and classicist. The New Yorker characterises her as “learned but accessible”.[2]

Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge,[3] a fellow of Newnham College, and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature. She is the Classics editor of The Times Literary Supplement, where she also writes a regular blog, “A Don’s Life”.[4][5] Her frequent media appearances and sometimes controversial public statements have led to her being described as “Britain’s best-known classicist.”[6]

Beard was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to the study of classical civilisation

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