Nero - The Man Behind the Myth

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London
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When

Thursday 27th of May 2021 to Sunday 24th of October 2021

Event Times

Daily: 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

Adults from £20

Location

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London

Nearest Stations

Tottenham Court Road 0.26 miles

Website

https://www.britishmuseum.org/

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Nero is known as one of Rome's most infamous rulers, notorious for his cruelty, debauchery and madness.

The last male descendant of the emperor Augustus, Nero succeeded to the throne in AD 54 aged just 16 and died a violent death at 30. His turbulent rule saw momentous events including the Great Fire of Rome, Boudicca’s rebellion in Britain, the execution of his own mother and first wife, grand projects and extravagant excesses.

Drawing on the latest research, this major exhibition questions the traditional narrative of the ruthless tyrant and eccentric performer, revealing a different Nero, a populist leader at a time of great change in Roman society.

Through some 200 spectacular objects, from the imperial palace in Rome to the streets of Pompeii, follow the young emperor’s rise and fall and make up your own mind about Nero. Was he a young, inexperienced ruler trying his best in a divided society, or the merciless, matricidal megalomaniac history has painted him to be?

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