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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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). ...

  • Tc
    Mar 29, 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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. ...

    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. ...

  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

  • Maarten Huijink
    Jun 24, 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • John Mannion
    Apr 03, 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • Alanna
    Jun 03, 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Eadwine Brown
    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • Rachael S
    May 18, 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • Joe Carty
    May 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • Cate
    May 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

  • O Chappell
    Mar 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • Claire Fitzgerald
    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • Siena Schickel
    Jun 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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  • 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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    So if you ask me what is civilisation, I say it's little more than an act of faith. ...

    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... ...

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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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...