Mary Beard is one of Britain's best-known Classicists. Cambridge professor and Fellow of Newnham College, she has written numerous books including the Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, the best-selling SPQR and the thought-provoking Women & Power. Mary is a regular media commentator, committed blogger and has made highly-acclaimed television documentaries on the Ancient World and co-presented the BBC’s Civilisations series. She hosted the BBC television arts show, Inside Culture and her recent BBC documentaries, Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art attest to her ability to tackle challenging issues head on. Mary was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Classical scholarship and then made a Dame in 2018. Other accolades include the J.Paul Getty Medal, Fellow of the British Academy and Trustee of the British Museum. Her latest book is Twelve Caesars – Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern.