Mary Beard has said she faced a “torrent of aggressive insults” on social media after posting messages asserting the ethnic diversity of Roman Britain.
Well….yes. Yes, of course she did.
And it’s not like she could claim she didn’t know what would happen, is it?
She’s every bit a professional antagonist as Katie Hopkins, just on ‘the other side’…
The historian had been defending a BBC schools video that featured a high-ranking black Roman soldier as the father of a family, prompting a wave of online abuse. One person said she was “literally rewriting history”.
She pretty much is. No-one doubts that foreign tribes were conscripted into the legions and thereby accepted into Roman life, but to hear most of these ‘historians’, it looked less ‘The Robe’ and more ‘Notting Hill Carnival’…
Beard, a classicist at Cambridge University, who is well known for her robust responses to Twitter trolls, was one of those who pointed to evidence that there was at least some ethnic diversity in Britain under Roman rule.
Yes, ‘some’. Need a dictionery, Mary?
The abuse got worse, she wrote, when Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a professor of risk analysis in the US and author of the best-selling book The Black Swan, joined her critics.
Oh noes! No professional courtesy! How wude!
Beard said she would not block her opponents because “it feels to me like leaving the bullies in charge of the playground. And it’s rather too much like what women have been advised to do for centuries. Don’t answer back and just turn away”.
And it gets you in the papers. Win/win, eh, love?