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Mary Beard

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 31 January 2010

Kirsty Young's castaway is the classicist Mary Beard.

A professor at Cambridge, she's that rare thing: a university academic who writes for the masses. Her popular books, blog, articles and reviews have led to her being called 'Britain's best-known classicist'.

But while her research is steeped in the ancient world, her commentary is all about the here and now. The classical world speaks to us, she says, and makes us see our own world differently.

Record: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Bob Dylan
Book: Treasures of the British Museum - Marjorie Caygill
Luxury: The Elgin Marbles.

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    • Image for Bob Dylan

      Bob Dylan It's All Over Now Baby Blue

      Bringing It All Back Home, CBS

  • Image for Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) (from Dido and Aeneas)

    Soloist: Janet Baker Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Anthony Lewis

    Dido and Aeneas, Decca

  • Image for John Dowland

    John Dowland Lachrimae

    Soloist: Elizabeth Kenny

    Love Bade Me Welcome, Bis

  • Image for Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin

    Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    The Best Girl Power Album…Ever, Virgin

  • Image for Roy Harris &  the Pump and Pluck Band

    Roy Harris & the Pump and Pluck Band The Man that Waters the Worker's Beer

    Tale of Ale, Free Reed

  • Image for Janis Joplin

    Janis Joplin Me and Bobby McGee

    Pearl, CBS

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Aria (from Goldberg Variations)

    Soloist: Ralph Kirkpatrick

    Goldberg Variations, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Endless Pleasure, Endless Love

    Soloist: Kathleen Battle

    Semele, Deutsche Grammophon

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Mary Beard

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