6 October 2021

Classicists in the sixth form visited the Nero exhibition at the British Museum, enjoying the wealth of 1st-Century AD evidence brought together from museums across Europe. It was amazing to see some of the artefacts studied by Sixth Form ancient historians in the flesh, including beautiful coins and statues, as well as frescoes from Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius. Pupils were less convinced by the exhibition’s purpose to rehabilitate Nero on the basis of physical artefacts; Tacitus and Suetonius are clearly too convincing in their portrayals of the emperor!

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