Course Code: WEN23B20
Start Date: 23/01/2021Day of the Week:
Session: All Day
Length in weeks: 1
The British Museum is planning an exhibition on the emperor Nero, to run from November 2020 until the end of March 2021. This course is intended as preparation or follow up for those who intend to go along. The museum comments:
‘Nero (r. AD 54–68) is known as one of the most infamous rulers from Roman history. The last male descendant of Rome’s first emperor Augustus, he succeeded to the throne aged only 16 and died a violent death at 30. His turbulent reign witnessed the Boudicca rebellion in Britain and the Great Fire of Rome, the murder of his mother and first wife, grand projects and extravagant excesses. Through some 200 spectacular objects, from luxury arts to precious papyri, from the imperial palace in Rome and the streets of Pompeii, to destroyed cities and battlefields, visitors can make up their own minds about Nero. Was he a young, inexperienced ruler trying his best in a divided society and an unfit institution, or a merciless, matricidal megalomaniac?’
These are among the questions we shall consider during our day together.