With Dr Eireann Marshall
This series includes five spotlight lectures and will conclude on Wednesday 27 April with the last lecture of our Spring Series.
Roman emperors, imbued with unquestioned power and ruling over much of the known world, shaped the world around them, all the while supplying us with a seemingly endless source of scandalous tales about their colourful lives. Even those not too well-versed in Roman history are familiar with stories about Nero playing the lyre during the Great Fire of Rome, or about Hadrian asking his young lover, Antinous, to sacrifice his life in order to grant the emperor immortality. There is no better way to better understand the characters or emperors than to explore the palaces in which they lived. From Augustus’ relatively modest palace and Nero’s extraordinary Domus Aurea to Hadrian’s extensive villa in Tivoli, palaces set the tone for their reigns. Join us for this series of lectures which explores the art and architecture of the great palaces and the Roman emperors who commissioned them, in order to better understand the autocrats who lived in them.