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Four-Day Caesar

Mary Beard: Tacitus and the Emperors, 22 January 2004

Tacitus: Histories I 
edited by Cynthia Damon.
Cambridge, 324 pp., £17.99, December 2002, 0 521 57822 1
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... surely been in June 68, with the death of Nero and the end of the Julio-Claudian dynasty? But, as Cynthia Damon observes in her new edition of Histories I, that is precisely Tacitus’ point. By parading (as he does elsewhere in both Histories and Annals) the framework of the old Republican consular year, Tacitus is highlighting the tension between Roman ...

Look Me in the Eye

Julian Bell: Art and the Brain, 8 October 2009

Splendours and Miseries of the Brain: Love, Creativity and the Quest for Human Happiness 
by Semir Zeki.
Wiley-Blackwell, 234 pp., £16.99, November 2008, 978 1 4051 8557 8
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Neuroarthistory: From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki 
by John Onians.
Yale, 225 pp., £18.99, February 2008, 978 0 300 12677 8
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Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images 
by Barbara Maria Stafford.
Chicago, 281 pp., £20.50, November 2008, 978 0 226 77052 9
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... within a ‘big history’ such as those outlined by the American writers David Christian and Cynthia Stokes Brown – or, in the terminology of Edward O. Wilson, in a ‘consilience’, a convergence of intellectual disciplines, humanities with science. Ultimately, all teaching in the fine arts department pays a kind of homage to self-will. First defined ...

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