Fresh from re-examining the life of Julius Caesar, Mary Beard takes up the reins in this epic art-history series to explore Roman as well as Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Chinese civilisations through their art, specifically how they depicted the human body.

Mary’s enthusiasm is infectious, and as well as tales of pharaohs and emperors, there are stories a little easier to relate to, such as a Greek health warning on wine coolers, which suggested too much alcohol could turn a man into a beast.