Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith: As seen on TV

Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith: As seen on TV

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Title:Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith: As seen on TV
Author:Mary Beard
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Genres:History
ISBN:1781259992
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith: As seen on TV Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    Mar 15, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

  • Louise
    Jul 13, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

  • Paul Kerr
    Apr 04, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

  • Melora
    Aug 12, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

  • David Pearce
    Jun 10, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

  • Dan Graser
    Nov 14, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

  • Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
    Apr 26, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

  • Lynne
    May 04, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

  • Margaret
    Oct 02, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

  • Charlotte
    Mar 31, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

  • Annikky
    Mar 08, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

  • Emily Sherriff
    Nov 28, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

  • gaverne Bennett
    Oct 07, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

    Great read, need to watch series now. ...

  • Jan Peter van Kempen
    Apr 09, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

  • Saulė Kurtinytė
    Mar 21, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

    Great read, need to watch series now. ...

    A quick and very light read on how we look at art, from thousands of years ago to today. ...

    ...

  • Aine Mcmenamin
    Mar 20, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

    Great read, need to watch series now. ...

    A quick and very light read on how we look at art, from thousands of years ago to today. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Mo Hunter
    May 12, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

    Great read, need to watch series now. ...

    A quick and very light read on how we look at art, from thousands of years ago to today. ...

    ...

    ...

  • Kate Page
    Apr 15, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

  • Jennifer Gordon
    Apr 27, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

    Great read, need to watch series now. ...

    A quick and very light read on how we look at art, from thousands of years ago to today. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Steven
    May 12, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

    Great read, need to watch series now. ...

    A quick and very light read on how we look at art, from thousands of years ago to today. ...

  • Ms. Pietr Young
    Oct 21, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

  • GBL
    Aug 12, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

  • Rohase Piercy
    Jul 22, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

  • James Lancaster
    Mar 05, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

  • Caroline Middleton
    Jun 01, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

  • Peter Welch
    Mar 16, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

    Great read, need to watch series now. ...

    A quick and very light read on how we look at art, from thousands of years ago to today. ...

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  • Richard
    May 09, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

  • Hayley
    Sep 11, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

  • Sally
    Sep 11, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...

    A surprisingly easy read given the subject, but a beautiful little book filled with great insights and pictures, particularly the second section on how we articulate faith through art (and vice versa). ...

    So reading about history has never been my strong point. However Mary Beard makes it interesting and kept my attention right the way through the book. The section on art, in particular how it is portrayed in religion, is of great interest. ...

    A good complementary book to the television series. Covers a range of artefacts and sites but still focuses more on classical and Christian, which is a reflection on Mary Beards expert knowledge of the classical world. ...

    Ties into Mary Beard's two episodes of Civilisations. Looks at how we view civilisation through the media of art and of faith. Interesting, but not as indepth as I would have liked. Worth a read. ...

    A tantalising brief look at how the human figure has been portrayed over the centuries, and also the relationship between art and religion. Made me want to delve more deeply. It?s accurate and insightful. Written how she speaks ...

    A very quick and easy read with some very beautiful pictures. I was however half expecting the book to be an extension to the tv-series... ...

    Great read, need to watch series now. ...

    A quick and very light read on how we look at art, from thousands of years ago to today. ...

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    ...

    ...

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  • Millie
    Sep 22, 2018

    watch here 1: The first film by Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. 2: Mary Beard explores images of the human body in ancient art, from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China 3: Simon Scha...

    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight. ...

    I think this was a four star book. I read it three month ago -- the last book I read before we moved and I temporarily gave up reading. Mary Beard is always good, but that whole period is now a blur. ...

    I do love Mary Beard, but prefer watching her on TV to reading her articles. However having watched and enjoyed her episodes of 'Civilisations' (much more than I enjoyed Simon Schama's!) it was a pleasure to read this beautifully illustrated volume and remind myself of all the fascinat...

    Mary Beard is still the most engaging writer of the history of the ancient world to be found anywhere and this somewhat smaller work is a clear example of that. The title, "How Do We Look," works on a number of fronts in that it contrasts that simplistic question - usually asked when f...

    Reminds me of why I miss my University days. Mary Beard gives us enough information to spark our interest but not so much that it exhausts our appetite for the subject. We aren?t being thrust information that?s purely black and white, this means this and that is that, but being gen...

    Very quick read, with beautiful photographs of the various monuments and works presented in the show. I love Mary Beard's work, but her style seems to clash with the more formal approach taken by Kenneth Clark in the first series and Schama and Olusoga's episodes. However, for this rev...

    If you love a good history documentary, you are likely to have watched one presented by Mary Beard. Mary is a professor of classics and has world-wide academic acclaim. She is regularly on television, written some best selling books on ancient Rome, and also more recently, and disappoi...

    Mary Beard's book 'How Do We Look?' Is based on her input to the recent TV programme 'Civilisations'. It is a challenging read in two sections; the first raising questions on how we see things and the second dealing with the interaction between religion and art. Beard has written the ...

    Surprisingly easy and quick read that basically covers Beard's two episodes from the recent BBC2 epic (which was brilliant). Covering a wide range of image, Beard presents an analysis of how numerous works of art from pre-history, Ancient Greece, Central and Southern America, China hav...

    This book, like the series was particularly interesting in places and very dull in others. Kenneth Clark's original is often namechecked in this book talking about the fact that his original approach was very ethnocentric. However, the approach of Beard's contribution is also limited g...

    A great introduction to the world of ancient art and architecture and very accessible for the novice student in the field. Some very interesting observations are made, though it would have been nice to have more examples to further punctuate some points. But, it was refreshing to see e...

    I really enjoyed this. Mary Beard is always interesting and accessible. I read this in a couple of hours, but it raises questions and issues that have stayed with me for much longer. It is basically the script of her contributions to the 2018 Civilisations programmes. The book itself i...

    A brilliant companion piece of popular history that explores how different ?civilisations? have represented themselves, culturally and religiously. Beard?s position as Professor of Classics means she somewhat relies on the ancient world to thread her points together, but a thorou...

    Fascinating choice of artworks with great illustrations. Very light on analysis, to the point of a disconnectedness between illustrations and text. I did not watch the TV programs. Perhaps if I had there it would feel more cohesive. Since there is a 'Further Reading' appendix, I do hav...

    Interesting book. Great to see a wider view of the idea of civilisation that doesn't just focus on Europe/western culture. Would love to see some of the topics developed further, though understand the brevity of the book to cover the topics from the television series. ...