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Mary Beard

Mary Beard

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First broadcast: Sun 31 Jan 2010

Classicist

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.

Choices

Bob Dylan

1.

Castaway's favourite

Bob Dylan

It's All Over Now Baby Blue

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Henry Purcell

2.

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

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John Dowland

3.

John Dowland

Lachrimae

Soloist: Elizabeth Kenny

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Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin

4.

Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin

Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

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Roy Harris &  the Pump and Pluck Band

5.

Roy Harris & the Pump and Pluck Band

The Man that Waters the Worker's Beer

Johann Sebastian Bach

7.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria (from Goldberg Variations)

Soloist: Ralph Kirkpatrick

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George Frideric Handel

8.

George Frideric Handel

Endless Pleasure, Endless Love

Soloist: Kathleen Battle

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Book

Treasures of the British Museum by Marjorie Caygill

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Luxury item

The Elgin Marbles

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