Nero, re-examing the Man and the Monster
Start date: 22nd Sep 2021
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Duration: 4 weeks
Tutor: Gillian Hovell
Course code: AU21102
This exciting course coincides with the British Museum’s exhibition on Nero: The Man & The Myth.
Learn all about Nero from the lecturer who was (pre Covid) booked to lecture on Nero for the British Museum. Gillian Hovell, ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’ shares with you the stories about the wild teenager, explores the evidence in the archaeology and considers where the stories have come from.
This is Nero through the eyes of an ancient historian and archaeologist – what was the reality of this young man who ruled the known world while still a teenager? Killer of his mother and wives? Decadent party animal? A leader who ‘fiddled while Rome burned’? Join Gillian and discover how the experts untangle truth from fiction …
Four sessions of richly illustrated lectures with plenty of time for discussion.
- Life and Times of Nero
- The Evidence: an archaeological view …
- Reading the gossip: Among other writers, Roman biographer Suetonius paints us a vivid picture of a wild young man …
- The Reality: discover the hidden agendas of Roman writers, the people’s love of Nero, and the truth as we know it … Decide for yourself if this young man was any more a man or a monster than other Roman emperors …