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The Emperors of Rome with Mary Beard

Author image: Robin Cormack / Cover photo courtesy of: W.W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company

Mary Beard is an expert on the Roman Empire, and her latest book is about the rulers who presided over it — 30 emperors in nearly three centuries.

You’ll find no dusty chronology of men here, though. In typical Mary Beard fashion, she’s interested in larger questions about those men, like the nature of the power they wielded, their personalities, their relationships, the great and mundane things they did, and how the people imagined them. Join us for a conversation about the real lives of the emperors of Rome.


Mary Beard | Acclaimed historian and classicist. Her new book is “Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World” [Amazon|Bookshop].

Airdate: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Rebroadcast: Thursday, May 16, 2024

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