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Listen here to Mary Beard on Emperor of Rome at the Oldie Literary Lunch on Tuesday 12 December 2023


Mary Beard addresses Oldie lunchgoers at the National Liberal Club on Tuesday 12 December 2023 about her latest blockbuster book: Emperor of Rome.

Mary reveals all things Emperor - what they wore, what they did, what they ate, their day-to-day business and tasks.

We learn about lesser-known Emperors such as the young Elagabalus, who briefly ruled over Rome in the third century AD – he loved whoopee cushions. Beard does a wonderful job of taking us into the fantasy, desires and projection circling around the rulers of ancient Rome.