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The Sixtieth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from Ancient Rome to Salvador Dalí, Part 1: Julius Caesar: Inventing an Image

Mary Beard, Cambridge University. This six-part lecture series examines the continuing engagement throughout history with images of Roman emperors and its impact on Western visual art and culture. In this first lecture, originally delivered at the National Gallery of Art on March 27, 2011, the esteemed classicist and professor Mary Beard introduces the prejudices, conventions, and disagreements that underlie the identification and reception of Roman imperial portraits beginning with Julius Caesar.