Terracotta caricature figure of a naked woman, both hands raised to her head.

Exposed: the Greek and Roman body

Caroline Vout in conversation with Mary Beard

Online events / Lectures & discussions / Members' exclusive / 28 Nov 2022


Event information

28 Nov 2022


BP Lecture Theatre; and online via Zoom


  • £16 (Members)
  • £6 (Members online)


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The Greek and Roman body is often seen as flawless – cast from life in buff bronze and white marble, to sit upon a pedestal. But this is far from the reality.

Caroline Vout will be joined by Mary Beard to discuss Greek and Roman bodies for what they truly were: anxious, ailing, imperfect, diverse, and responsible for a legacy as lasting as their statues.

They'll tap into the questions that those in the Greek and Roman worlds asked about their bodies: where do we come from? What makes us different from gods and animals? What happens to our bodies, and the forces that govern them, when we die?

They'll also delve into the actions people often took to transform their bodies – from sophisticated surgery and contraception to body oils, cosmetics and early gym memberships – and the measures new religions took to hide them away.

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You can join this event in person, or via Zoom.

This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 15 September to Monday 28 November. If you previously booked tickets to this event, your booking has automatically been transferred to this new date and you do not need to take any further action. If you're unable to attend on the new date, please contact the Membership Office at friends@britishmuseum.org and we'll refund your tickets.

Attend in person (£16) – sold out

  • Please note this event will be held at full capacity without social distancing measures in place. Hand sanitiser stations and additional cleaning measures will be in place throughout the evening.
  • Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you're exempt. 
  • This lecture includes a complimentary drink.

Attend online via Zoom (£6)

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  • Please note the Zoom event will end at 19.30. 
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The event will be recorded and made available to all Members at a later date, without charge

About the speakers

Caroline (Carrie) Vout

Caroline (Carrie) Vout is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. She is also Director of Cambridge's Museum of Classical Archaeology and has curated exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam Museum, and at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. Vout has appeared on Woman's Hour and In Our Time, and contributed pieces to magazines such as Apollo, Minerva, History Today, and to Times Literary Supplement and Observer. In 2012 and 2013, she chaired the judging panel of the John D. Criticos Prize, and from 2019 to 2024 holds the Byvanck Chair at Leiden University.

Mary Beard

Mary Beard is one of Britain's best-known classicists. Cambridge professor and Fellow of Newnham College, she has written numerous books including the Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii and the best-selling SPQR and Women & Power. She is a regular media commentator and has made highly acclaimed television documentaries on the ancient world. She was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Classical scholarship and then made a Dame in 2018. She was awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal and is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Trustee of the British Museum.

Privacy policy

Privacy policy

The personal data you provide to us on the event booking form is being collected so that we can administer the event efficiently and, if necessary, contact you with important updates about the event. It will only be used by the British Museum for this purpose, it will not be shared with any third parties and it will be securely deleted as soon as the event has ended. This privacy information does not apply to the processing of your personal data by Zoom which will be governed by the terms of the agreement made between you and Zoom when you subscribed to their service.