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Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations, by Mary Beard (London : Profile Books, 2013). Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her TV presenting and her books. An article profiling Beard appeared in The New Yorker. (Click on the article to magnify it.)

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae can help you find ancient Greek texts by author and title searches.  It can also help you find texts containing words and phrases like the Greek version of the Boston College motto, "ever to excel" or αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν.  Searching the TLG for this phrase came up with five hits, two of which are from Homer's Iliad:

1. Homerus Epic., Ilias.  Book 6 line 208.  
πέμπε δέ μ’ ἐς Τροίην, καί μοι μάλα πόλλ’ ἐπέτελλεν
αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν καὶ ὑπείροχον ἔμμεναι ἄλλων,
μηδὲ γένος πατέρων αἰσχυνέμεν, οἳ μέγ’ ἄριστοι
2. Homerus Epic., Ilias..  Book 11 line 784.  
  Πηλεὺς μὲν ᾧ παιδὶ γέρων ἐπέτελλ’ Ἀχιλῆϊ
 αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν καὶ ὑπείροχον ἔμμεναι ἄλλων·
σοὶ δ’ αὖθ’ ὧδ’ ἐπέτελλε Μενοίτιος Ἄκτορος υἱός·  (785)

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