Renan's Antichrist

By Joseph-Ernest Renan, William G. Hutchison,

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This book by the renowned nineteenth-century biblical scholar is a great read because it epitomizes the traditional anti-Nero bias to the point of parody. Renan writes that “Nero’s actions float between the black wickedness of a cruel dunce and the irony of a cynic. He did not possess an idea that was not puerile. The sham world of art in which he dwelt had made the veriest fool of him.”

From Humphry's list on Nero (the man and the myth).

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