Drawing on thirty years of writing about Greek and Roman history, Mary Beard takes us on an exhilarating journey through the extraordinary riches of the classical heritage, and why it still matters. 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 though 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 also 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 brings back to life some of the greatest writers of antiquity - including Thucydides, Cicero and Tacitus - and 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, "Classical Traditions" captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.