In October 2021 Mary Beard, Britain’s best known classicist, came to Intelligence Squared to talk about the ideas in her new book Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern. In conversation with the cultural critic Shahidha Bari, Beard showed why images of Roman emperors – murderous autocrats though they may have been – still matter in the history of art and culture and the representation of power.
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