Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both through her TV presenting and her books. In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of classical history, such as Alexander the Great, Nero and Boudicca. She invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves. She takes a fresh look at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, from The Golden Bough to Asterix. The fruit of over thirty years in the world of classical scholarship, Confronting the Classics captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise. This hardback 2013 first edition is in a very good used condition. The cover is beautifully part-bound in red cloth and white boards with a pictorial front cover and red endpapers. There are 17 black and white illustrations. There are a few marks on the front cover, including the cloth, and the corners are a little bumped. The book block has a smudge on the leading edge and a couple of chips. The pages are clean, tight and unmarked.