When the more recent Civilization was shown on PBS, they edited it a bit from the British version because we can’t have nice things in America since we elected an orange. But they edited out much Mary Beard which is so not right.
Really not right.
So if you are wondering why Mary Beard wrote a book that functions as a companion to the series that’s why. The book is a look at how the viewer interacts with art. She focuses on ancient and religious art. There are some cool bits about the ancient world, and her comments about the statues of pharaohs are worthy of thought.
It is worth well quick read.