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Life in ancient Rome revealed: Professor Mary Beard discusses SPQR

Professor Mary Beard of the Faculty of Classics spoke to the Smithsonian Magazine about her newly-published book "SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome", which reveals Rome's most interesting characters, best slogans and surprising legacies.

Mary Beard, a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, is known for her frank and provocative reading of history. More than a dozen books and frequent newspaper articles, book reviews, TV documentaries and a prolific Twitter account have made her one of England’s best-known public intellectuals. She has a new book, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, out this month. The Smithsonian Magazine spoke to her about Rome’s most interesting characters, best slogans and surprising legacies, including its cutting-edge lavatory design.

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