Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching - and much else besides. In this second collection following on from the success of Its a Dons Life, Beard ponders whether Gaddafis home is Roman or not, we share her terror of humiliation as she enters hairdresser country and follow her dilemma as she wanders through the quandary of illegible handwriting on examination papers and longing for the next dyslexic - on whose paper the answers are typed, not handwritten. Praise for Its a Dons Life Delightful ... it has the virtues of brevity, eclecticism and learning worn lightly ... if theyd had Mary Beard on their side back then, the Romans would still have their empire Daily Mail

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