Nero at Baiae, Oil Paint on canvas, C. 1900
Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

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Sympathy for the Devil: the Depiction of Nero on Screen

The Annual Adrian Heyworth-Smith Memorial Lecture for 2018.

Nero (reigned AD 54-68) is almost certainly the best known Roman emperor because of the Great Fire of Rome of AD 64 ('Nero fiddles while Rome burns') and the subsequent persecution of Christians. He is definitely the most popular Roman subject in film: the very first depiction of the ancient world in that medium is a brief depiction of Nero testing poison on slaves. These depictions over the last century reveal a changing public interest in the Roman imperial system and the talents and flaws of its ruler.