An Evening with Mary Beard

Friday 29 September 2023
Cambridge Corn Exchange - CB2 3QE
Spend a fascinating evening with renowned classicist and historian, Mary Beard.

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Well known from television, here she shines the spotlight on the emperors who ruled the Roman empire, from the well known Julius Caesar (assassinated 44 BCE) to the almost unknown Alexander Severus (assassinated 235 CE).

Taking the audience beyond the hype of politics, power and succession and into the heart of the palace corridors, these exclusive events promise a revolutionary approach to an apparently familiar subject. Mary will uncover the facts and fiction of these rulers, asking what they did and why, and how we have got such a lurid view of them. Through the thrilling themes of autocracy, corruption, and conspiracy – and also the day-to-day practicalities of the emperors’ lives (who did the cooking, or took the dictation?) – she will explore how they managed a huge empire and how they faced their subjects (and vice versa).

With the chance to ask Mary your own questions, don’t miss the opportunity to join the world-famous scholar as she asks what it felt like – what it meant -- to be an emperor.

Mary will be signing copies of Emperor of Rome in person after the show. Every ticket to the show at Cambridge Corn Exchange will include a copy of Emperor of Rome. 

“An accomplished scholar and lively debunker...Beard informs and entertains without ever patronising her readers. What she touches turns to light” Independent

“If they’d had Mary Beard on their side back then, the Romans would still have their empire” Daily Mail


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