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Rumble Fund Lecture in Classical Art 2018:

Prof. Mary Beard

Mistaken Identities: Roman Emperors in Modern Art

The 2018 Rumble Lecture, delivered by Mary Beard, will explore some of the ways modern artists have re-imagined ancient Roman emperors: it will uncover some ‘missing persons’, and reveal some unexpected misidentifications. The lecture marks the fifth anniversary of the Jamie Rumble Memorial Fund here at King’s, and forms part of the cultural programme accompanying our major exhibition in Bush House and the Inigo Rooms (The Classical Now: see

The 2018 Rumble Lecture comes about thanks to the generosity of the Jamie Rumble Memorial Fund. It is organised by the Centre of Hellenic Studies, in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies and the Department of Classics at King’s College London. The lecture will be followed by a reception (in the Bush House Arcade) to which all are warmly invited.

All are warmly invited to join us! 

 Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known classicists – a distinguished Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Newnham College; she began her career, from 1979 to 1983, as Lecturer in the Department of Classics at King’s College London. She has written numerous books on the ancient world, including the 2008 Wolfson Prize-winner, Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town. In addition, Mary has presented highly-acclaimed TV series, Meet the Romans and Rome – Empire without Limit, as well as documentaries on Pompeii and Caligula; she is a regular broadcaster and media commentator.

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