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Rendering Caesar

Mary Beard on Western art’s fascination with Roman emperors
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January–February 2022, no. 439
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Twelve Caesars: Images of power from the ancient world to the modern by Mary Beard

Princeton University Press, $49.99 hb, 376 pp

Rendering Caesar

Mary Beard on Western art’s fascination with Roman emperors
by
January–February 2022, no. 439
A sculpture of Julius Caesar by Andrea di Pietro di Marco Ferrucci, c.1512–14 (Wikimedia Commons/Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913)
A sculpture of Julius Caesar by Andrea di Pietro di Marco Ferrucci, c.1512–14 (Wikimedia Commons/Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913)

We know exactly when the first image of a Roman emperor arrived in Australia. It came as part of the goods on board the ill-fated Batavia, which ran aground off the west coast of Australia on 4 June 1629. This shipwreck went down in infamy following the mutiny of a group of the survivors and the subsequent murder of, at least, 110 men, women, and children. Eventually, the survivors were rescued and the horror of the actions of the mutineers was revealed.

Alastair J.L. Blanshard reviews 'Twelve Caesars: Images of power from the ancient world to the modern' by Mary Beard

Twelve Caesars: Images of power from the ancient world to the modern

by Mary Beard

Princeton University Press, $49.99 hb, 376 pp

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