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Mary Beard: The Twelve Caesars

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​​Historian Mary Beard will be in conversation with journalist and fellow author Charlotte Higgins.

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The two writers came together in the autumn to explore the female characters of the Greek Myths. Now, they return to discuss politics and power in Ancient Rome, and Beard's latest book, Twelve Caesars.

What does the face of power look like? Who gets commemorated in art and why? And how do we react to the statues of politicians we deplore?

Twelve Caesars explores how images and iconography of the Roman emperors have shaped representations of the powerful in art for centuries, and influenced how we think about power today. Making surprising connections across history, Beard asks why these murderous autocrats loom so large in art from the Renaissance to the present day, when hapless leaders are still caricatured as Neros fiddling while Rome burns.

Join them as they discuss power, art, our current preoccupation with statues and much more at this livestreamed event.

Running time: 60 minutes

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If you live in the United Kingdom, you can purchase a ticket with a copy of Twelve Caesars at checkout for a special combined price of £31 (RRP £30) .

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