Monday, June 07, 2021

The Guardian reviews Nero

EXHIBITION: Nero: The Man Behind the Myth review – legend and truth (Laura Cumming, The Guardian). She gives it 4/5 stars.
But what makes this show so unusual is precisely its offer of different truths. Nothing in it convinces me that Nero was a hero, but neither does it damn him on the basis of Tacitus and his colleagues. Its true subject, in a sense, is the way that history calcifies into dogma, but may come alive again, in all its complexity, through modern minds and eyes.
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