Mary Beard

Art & Culture

Book Review- SPQR: A History Of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

October 30, 2015

Hardback by Profile Books, £25.00 (ebook £11.04) Mary Beard, celebrated media don and classicist, has poured 50 years of study into this lively, unsentimental and highly readable history of ancient Rome, from its founding in near-mythic times up through the emerging city state of tribunes and senators to the grandiose epoch of the emperors, finishing at that crucial point in 212CE when citizenship was extended to all free inhabitants of the empire under Caracalla.