Beard is joined in discussion by award-winning author and academic Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek at Cambridge, and Orange Prize for Fiction-winning author Madeline Miller.
Ahead of an abridged live reading of The Odyssey
, hear the essential details about Homer's epic and discover why one of the earliest works of Western literature continues to be a source of inspiration to artists and authors.
Mary Beard is a professor of Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the Classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim. Her books include the bestsellers Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town (winner of the Wolfson History Prize), SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, and Women & Power: A Manifesto. Alongside Simon Schama and David Olusoga, she presented the BBC's recent landmark art history series Civilisations.
Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at Cambridge, where he also directs the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. He has published many prize-winning books on Greek literature and on Victorian culture. He has lectured all over the world and is a regular broadcaster in Britain, America and Australia.
Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012, was shortlisted for the Stonewall Writer of the Year 2012, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into 28 languages. Her second novel, Circe, was a Sunday Times hardback fiction bestseller and debuted at number one in the New York Times.