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Book Tour Exclusive: Mary Beard’s Profile of an Emperor—New Insights into Ancient Rome

November 1, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join CLS and Buxton Books on Wednesday, November 1, for an evening with Mary Beard, a literary legend dubbed “the world’s most famous classicist” by the Guardian, in celebration of the release of her forthcoming book, Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World, due out in October. During this exciting Book Tour Event, Beard will discuss her sweeping account of the social and political world of the Roman emperors in rare and intimate detail—exploring (and exploding) themes of identity and big-picture narrative at the heart of ancient Rome’s enduring legacy.

Ticket prices, which are publisher-directed, are $50 for Members, $55 for the General Admission 

Tickets include one (1) copy of the book per order.

There are a limited number of special offer ticket pairs priced at $65, available to Members, which include two (2) tickets and one (1) book. 

For more info and to purchase tickets, please click here.

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to reserve one or more signed copies, please purchase here.

About the Book

In her international bestseller SPQR, Mary Beard told the thousand-year story of ancient Rome. Now she shines her spotlight on the emperors who ruled the Roman empire, from Julius Caesar (assassinated 44 BCE) to Alexander Severus (assassinated 235 CE). Emperor of Rome is not your usual chronological account of Roman rulers, one after another: the mad Caligula, the monster Nero, the philosopher Marcus Aurelius. Beard asks bigger questions: What power did emperors actually have? Was the Roman palace really so bloodstained? She tracks down the emperor at home, at the races, on his travels, even on his way to heaven. She introduces his wives and lovers, rivals and slaves, court jesters and soldiers—and the ordinary people who pressed begging letters into his hands. Emperor of Rome goes directly to the heart of Roman (and our own) fantasies about what it was to be Roman, offering an account of Roman history as it has never been presented before.

About the Author

Mary Beard is the author of the best-selling The Fires of Vesuvius and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated Confronting the Classics and SPQR. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. She lives in England.


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