Copper alloy statuette of Nero with one hand in the air.

Event information

21 Aug 2021


Room 30

The Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery


Members free, advance booking required

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Members can book exclusive access to visit Nero: the man behind the myth.

Nero is known as one of Rome's most infamous rulers, notorious for his cruelty, debauchery and madness. The last male descendant of the emperor Augustus, he succeeded to the throne in AD 54 aged just 16 and died a violent death at 30. His turbulent rule saw the Boudicca rebellion in Britain and the Great Fire of Rome, the execution of his own mother and first wife, grand projects and extravagant excesses.

Through some 200 spectacular objects, from the imperial palace in Rome to the streets of Pompeii, follow the young emperor's rise and fall and make up your own mind about Nero. Was he a young, inexperienced ruler trying his best in a divided society, or the merciless, matricidal megalomaniac history has painted him to be?

Booking information

  • All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for early morning viewings of the exhibition. Please note this will also apply to visiting during normal opening hours.
  • The timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition until closing.
  • To book by phone, please call: +44 (0)20 7323 8195.

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