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"Without seeking to rehabilitate the historical monster, Champlin renders Nero more intelligible by illuminating the motives behind his theatrical gestures, and revealing the artist who thought of himself as a heroic figure." "Nero is a reconception of a historical account that extend...

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Main Author: Champlin, Edward, 1948- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ©2003.
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Main Author:Champlin, Edward, 1948-
Summary:"Without seeking to rehabilitate the historical monster, Champlin renders Nero more intelligible by illuminating the motives behind his theatrical gestures, and revealing the artist who thought of himself as a heroic figure." "Nero is a reconception of a historical account that extends back to Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio."--Jacket.

The Roman emperor Nero is remembered as the vain and immoral monster who fiddled while Rome burned. He murdered his younger brother and rival to the throne. He then murdered his mother, with whom he may have slept. He killed his pregnant wife in a fit of rage, then castrated and married a young freedman because he resembled her. Without seeking to rehabilitate Nero, Champlin reinterprets his enormities on their own terms, as the self-conscious performances of an imperial actor with a formidable grasp of Roman history and mythology.

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Physical Description:346 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-269) and index.
ISBN:0674011929 (alk. paper)
0674018222
9780674011922 (alk. paper)
9780674018228
Author Notes:

Edward Champlin is Professor of Classics and Cotsen Professor of Humanities, Princeton University

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