Professor Mary Beard OBE

‘The cultural language of the classics continues to be an essential and ineradicable dialect of “Western culture” (embedded in the drama of Rattigan, as much as in the poetry of Ted Hughes or the novels of Margaret Atwood or Donna Tartt—The Secret History couldn’t, after all, have been written about a department of geography).’

Watch Mary Beard’s latest programme ‘Civilisations’ here