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Dead Eyes and Blank Faces

John Henderson: Expression under Nero, 2 April 1998

Dissidence and Literature under Nero: The Price of Rhetoricisation 
by Vasily Rudich.
Routledge, 408 pp., £50, March 1997, 0 415 09501 8
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... actually happened than Gerrit van Honthorst, the 17th-century painter of the scene sprayed across Vasily Rudich’s book-jacket; instead, there is a competition to represent the stoical Stoic’s moment of truth as part of the discourse of resistance to the force majeure of (any) dictatorship. The death of Seneca lays out guidelines for how history can ...

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