The building blocks of discrimination tend to be similar wherever you find them.
Beard's secret is always to be slightly on the edge but to pull back from disaster at the last minute.
If women are not perceived to be fully within the structures of power, surely it is power that we need to redefine rather than women?
All religions throughout history have been concerned about - and have sometimes fought over - what it means to represent God, and they have found elegant, intriguing, and awkward ways to confront that dilemma.
What interests me is the idea that classics is actually quite democratic. It isn't only the toff, upper-class subject it's often thought to be. Every generation enjoys rediscovering it.
If you ask me what is civilisation, it's little more than an act of faith.
I'm actually in a tradition of classicists with a big public face who like sounding off.
You don't overturn x-thousand years of patriarchy in a generation.
We are sold the idea of a refugee as a tiny child sitting crying, as a way of raising money, but elderly ladies and kids largely can't move. The demographic is mostly young men.
Roman military tactics were much over-rated. All the clever ones had the same idea, which was to go round the back.
The thing about being a university teacher is that you're fairly tolerant about young people saying things they shouldn't have said.
What is the role of an academic - no matter what they're teaching - within political debate? It has to be that they make issues more complicated. The role of the academic is to make everything less simple.
Whatever you say about popular culture, people like people who know things, who are experts, and it doesn't particularly matter what they look like.
I have always thought the women's movement traded too much on outrage and not enough on ridicule.
I don't want to see a world in which women can communicate on Twitter, but their actual voices are not heard.
A lot of sexism is just very silly... and the best response is laughter and ridicule.
If talking about arts means being pretentious, a bit like being a wine critic, then I don't feel comfy with that. You can get a lot from paintings without getting mystical about brush strokes.
English country towns are often seen as a cultural wasteland, but the more cut off you are, the more the need to create things, to make your own culture.
When I am making a TV show, I am looking for engagement, not admiration.
It would have been nice if the people who were criticising 'Civilizations' had actually watched it. But the popular response has been tremendous, and in the end, that's what really matters.
Playing around with other people's husbands when you were 17 was bad news. Yes, I was a very naughty girl.
It wasn't until I got to Cambridge that I discovered active discrimination against women.
I remember plastering the kitchen with Black Power pictures of Angela Davis.
My mother took me to the British Museum aged five. I had thought people from the past weren't as good as we were, and then I saw the Elgin marbles. Suddenly, the world seemed more complicated.