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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 4: Caesar’s Wife: Above Suspicion?

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 fourth lecture, originally delivered at the National Gallery of Art on April 17, 2011, the esteemed classicist and professor Mary Beard discusses the role of female members of the imperial court in terms of dynastic succession, the transmission of power, and their representation in antique and post-antique art.