Nerone - a Grand Exhibition at the British Museum

Nerone - a Grand Exhibition at the British Museum
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Eccentric, extravagant, ruthless matricidal maniac. So much has been said about Nerone (commonly called Nero in English), history giving us a conflicting portrait, with some sources depicting the last member of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty as a total despot, while others celebrate his captivating social charms. Who was the emperor really, coming to power at age seventeen and ruling for 14 years before cutting his own throat with the help of his secretary Epaphroditus? An exhibition, starting on 27 May in the halls of the British Museum, retraces the life of the man, lover of luxury and pleasure, telling of his actions and decisions during what proved to be a period of sweeping social change. From the murder of his mother, Agrippina, to the great fire of Rome in 64 A.D., from his infrastructure projects to fiscal reforms, from his successful diplomatic missions to his eventual fall, the exhibition casts light on the traditional narrative of the legendary occupant of the Domus Aurea - a tangible sign of the autocratic goals of the Emperor - to leave us with a never-before-seen portrait. Through 200 spectacular objects, including precious manuscripts, visitors can follow the journey of the young emperor, from his rise to power to the damnatio memoriae.
Samantha De Martin - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London