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Problems with Analyzing Nero\u27s Debasement

By Zachary T Williams


I examined Nero\u27s debasement in the literary sources; the possible reasons for it, the consequences of it, and other details of it. Following, I examined the techniques that have been used over the last 150 years in attempts to discern the exact nature of the debasement, and the problems those techniques have faced. I used one of these problematic techniques (x-ray spectroscopy) to see if I would run into the same problems that the earlier scholars ran into

Topics: Nero, Numismatics, X-ray Spectroscopy, Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity, Classical Archaeology and Art History
Publisher: Digital Window @ Vassar
Year: 2012
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