The British historian Mary Beard Princess of Asturias prize for social sciences
The British historian Mary Beard, specializing in the ancient Greece and Rome, has become this Wednesday winner of the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences “for his outstanding contribution to the study of culture, politics and society in the Graeco-Roman antiquity”, according to the jury that awards the prize.The British historian Mary Beard Princess
Beard, 61, has been imposed to other 37 candidates among those who sounded names such as the American philosopher Michael Sandel and Manuel Castells, Spanish, and Alejandro Portes, Cuban sociologists. Beard succeeds Economist Esther Duflo, awarded in 2105. It is the seventh time that the award is a historical specialist.
The jury has highlighted that the award-winning “is one of the most influential European intellectual figures of the present day and boasts a wide recognition both in the academic world and society”. Also, it has valued “its ability to integrate the legacy of the classical world on our experience of the present”.
Speaking to RNE, Beard has held that “my work has been recognized”. In addition, in his Twitter account, the historian has agadecido the award in Spanish, showing “encantadisima”.
Mary beard @wmarybeard
Encantadisima of the Princess of Asturias prize. A great honor and joy!
03:40 — 25 may 2016
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The Princess of Asturias Awards are intended to honor “the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work done by individuals, institutions, group of people or institutions at the international level”.
Lover of antiquity
Born in 1955 in Munch Wenlock, is Professor at the University of Cambridge and author of books such as Pomepeya and the Roman triumph. His role as disclosing has reached great importance thanks to their blog A Don’s Life, his collaborations and documentary programs on BBC radio. Beard argues that the knowledge we have of the classics is greater than we think, since they actually flooded the popular culture.
After graduating in Arts from Newnham College, Cambridge, he received his doctorate in 1982 with a thesis on Roman religion based on the works of Cicero. The misunderstanding he suffered in his youth led him to a combative femeninismo because, in his words “really I cannot understand what would be a woman without being a feminist”. Beard taught teaching at King’s College of London (1979-1983) and in 1984 returned to Cambridge, where, in 2004, he obtained the Chair of classics.
His major works include, besides those already mentioned, Rome in the Late Republic (1985, 1999), Pagan Priests: Religion and Power in the Ancient World (1990), The Parthenon (2002), Confronting the Classics: Traditions and Innovations (2013) and SPQR Adventures: A History of Ancient Rome (2016).
Third Princess of Asturias in fail is
This has been the third of eight Princess of Asturias prizes granted this year, they turn their thirty-sixth edition. Formerly the Princess of Asturias Arts Award were awarded to the actress and Director of scene Núria Espert Romero and the communication and Humanities, to the American photojournalist James Nachtwey.
In the coming weeks the corresponding fail (in order) to international cooperation, scientific research, sports, letters and technique. Princess of Asturias Award for Concord is will fail next month of September.
Each of the Princess of Asturias Awards is endowed with a sculpture of Joan Miró – representative symbol of the galardon−, the amount of € 50,000, a diploma and an insignia. The awards will be delivered in autumn in Oviedo in a solemn ceremony presided over by SS. Mm. los Reyes.