Lecture Series - Nero: The Man behind the Myth
June 16, 2021
If you are unable to attend the live sessions, do not worry - all those who register will automatically be sent copies of the lecture to view in your own time (from around four hours after it takes place). Further details on how to register can be found at the end of this newsletter.
Emperor Nero: was he really the spoiled teenager and violent persecutor of the Christians who ‘fiddled while Rome burned’?
The British Museum’s summer exhibition for 2021 introduces us to a new image of this, the last emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
Join Gillian Hovell, who had been booked (before the advent of COVID-19) as official lecturer for this exhibition at the British Museum, as we explore the truth behind the monster. Complementing the exhibition’s journey through Nero’s real life, we discover where the horror stories came from; it’s a tale of class clashes, revolts and celebrations, and the age-old story of generations that were poles apart. We consider how and why this one-sided view of a complex young man thrust into ultimate power became the stuff of legends.
You can download a reading list here.
Format for Lecture
Gillian will give a 60-90 minute illustrated lecture for £10. During the lecture you will have the chance to submit written questions which Gillian will answer at the end - if time permits.
You will not need to download any software and the lecture will work in any browser. For the best experience use a desktop or laptop - but it will also work on an iPad or similar tablet. You will be also able to re-watch or watch a recording after the lecture.
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