Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Al Kowsky, Sep 27, 2020.
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@TIF & i were always critical of the history of Nero left by his, well, enemies...i think his coins are some of the most purdiest struck in the empire..we only know what we've read or been told...and we must consider the source and their sources...and remember the truest history is full of fiction
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ominus1, Ditto everything you posted . Nero's sestertii are some of the most artistic coins struck at the Rome Mint, & I'm sure he had a watchful eye on the coins produced there .
he was a great actor, to be sure...i remember him in Logans Run...
The 3D goggles in the Domus Aurea were hands-down my favorite use of augmented/virtual reality. It was really incredible to see a rendering of what it might have looked like while sitting in the middle of it!
@AncientJoe said, the VR feature of the tour is incredible. I'm surprised it isn't a more popular attraction...Given the present state of affairs, not quite sure when I'll be going to Europe, or leaving Canada for that matter....
Thanks for the article, @Al Kowsky ...
RI Poppea-Nero BI tetradrachm of Alexandria LI yr10 63-64 CE Milne 217 RPC 5275
I also agree that, just like many emperors, there is often little one can say for sure and to analyze the sources one can certainly find or detect possible bias. However I believe that his reputation was not built on the fire and Christian persecution alone and while it is good to humanize him, being thrown into the deep end is not an excuse....he may have been out of his league but he reacted to it in a spectacularly negative way. I think a lot of what is said about the so called bad (or even good like Pius) emperors are often 75 percent heresay but where there is smoke there is often at least a spark of truth.
I read a great biography of Caligula some time ago which analyzed every source including statues and coins and concluded much the same thing. Young man from a shockingly disfunctional family, thrust into the highest position of power only to go off the rails....not evil but weak willed, vain, immature all too human and flawed...never should have been put in that situation and probably not as bad as the sources paint him ..but in the end...a bad emperor all the same.
Of course like any good historian, he did not speak of him in such terms as bad or good but lets you conclude what you will from the information he minded from the sources and his objective analysis of those sources..
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