Civilisations by Mary Beard


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Details Civilisations

Release DateMar 1st, 2018
PublisherProfile Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Religion, Art, Classics, Historical

Reviews Civilisations

  • Bettie☯
    watch here1: 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 China3: Simon Schama explores the depiction of nature. Simon discovers that landscape painting is seldom a straightforward description of observed nature4: Professor Mary Beard explores the controver...
  • Annikky
    Very accessible, maybe even too light and brief, but still so many lovely nuggets of insight.
  • Charlotte
    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 gently guided to ask questions, explore ideas and think more deeply for ourselves.Plain speaking and very accessible, touching on a broad range for the length of the b...
  • James Lancaster
    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 review, considering the book on it's own and not the series associated with it. Is a nice, breezy tour through ancient and medieval art with a brief explanation of the...
  • Kate Page
    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 is nicely presented and not overly expensive, with good image quality.
  • Paul Kerr
    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).
  • Jan Peter van Kempen
    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...