'Delightful... it has the virtues of brevity, eclecticism and learning worn lightly... if they'd had Mary Beard on their side back then, the Romans would still have their empire' -- Daily Mail --Daily Mail
'A winning blend of seriousness and chattiness...This book is a lovely thing to dip into' Observer --Observer
'Beard manages to be controversial without the grandstanding ... A real treat' Independent on Sunday
'Beard is far too entertaining to be kept just for educationalists' The Lady --The Lady
Mary Beard's famous blog 'A Don's Life' has been running on the TLS website for nearly five years. Through it she made her name as a wickedly subversive commentator on the world in which we live.