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Author Beard, Mary, 1955-

Title It's a Don's Life
Published London : Profile Books, 2009
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Contents Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Illustration Credits; Introduction; Pink or purple?; Sex in the sculpture garden; Big Brother at uni; Tampons for Africa; Mixed messages?; Is Latin too hard?; Does Latin 'train the brain'?; Ask a silly question; What are academics for?; They make a desert and call it peace; The knife and fork test?; Keeping sex out of scholarship; In the harem; In the news in Pompeii; Fiddling while Rome burned; What makes a good review?; Freshers' week; Veils, turbans and 'rivers of blood'; Where is your spleen?; A captive audience
A good old-fashioned 2.1 is better than a Higher Education Achievement RecordIt's bonkers to ban Latin; Barack Obama -- and the first 'African-Roman' emperor of Rome; Oxbridge interviews: real advice from a real don; What's in a don's inbox?; RAE madness; Underwater Romans; It's a don's life -- the book; Afterword; Acknowledgements
What did the Romans wear under their togas?The sign of the cross; The tragedy of George Bush; Pissing on the pyramids; Sex on the Beach; Exams are getting harder -- shock; Racism in Greece and Rome; Paganism without the blood; Where's the loo?; Do-it-yourself cremation; David Beckham's new tattoo -- a classicist writes; Don't blame Hadrian for Bush's wall; Seminar power and willy-waving; Pompeii in Mexico; Is David Cameron a Narcissus (... Or, was John Prescott right?); 'La Clemenza di Tito': Mozart, the Colosseum and Yugoslavia?; Index linked?; How to order a coffee in American
What is Big Brother doing in Durham cathedral?Are A levels (still) dumbing down?; Esperanto, Welsh and the language wars; Olympia (almost) burns ... but Paris survives; 10 things you thought you knew about the Romans ... but didn't; Greek treasures and global treasures; Upstairs at the brothel; How many academics does it take to buy a coffee maker?; The sex secrets of Kennedy's Latin Primer; Orientalism ... or, what's in a name?; Tips for new students -- from an old don; How am I doing on Amazon?; A life in the day of a don; My five favourite Roman classics ... that we have lost
Why didn't the Athenians give the women the vote?Want a motto? Do it in Latin.; Labouring classicists -- and New Year resolutions; The rape of Britannia; What made the Romans laugh?; Did St Valentine Exist?; A day in Guantanamo; Prince Harry: the Roman solution; Dead men's books; Do physicists need French?; Let's Get Rid of the Fascist Olympic Torch; Feminism now: should boys play harps?; Keep Lesbos for the Lesbians; The face of Julius Caesar? Come off it!; Are exams fair?; The Amy Winehouse exam; Why ruins are disappointing; Why research is fun; Heard the one about the Roman and the barber?
Summary Mary Beard?s by now famous blog A Don?s Life has been running on the TLS website for nearly three years. In it she has made her name as a wickedly subversive commentator on the world in which we live. Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching? and much else besides. What are academics for? Who was the first African Roman emperor? Looting, ancient and modern. Are modern exams easier? Keep Lesbos for the Lesbians. Did St Valentine exist? What made the Romans laugh? That is just a small taste of this selection (and some of the choicer responses) which will inform, occasional
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Subject Classical philology -- Miscellanea.
Latin literature -- Miscellanea.
Women classicists -- Miscellanea.
Genre/Form Miscellanea.
Trivia and miscellanea.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1847652468
9781847652461