chapter  8
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The Tyranny of Art

The mere possession of regal power is enough to encourage a taste for unique adoration. Artistic achievement, too, especially in the performing arts, tends to breed a desire for unrivalled applause. Ultimately, Nero was to be at once a tyrant and a prima donna, and to become, as might be expected from that combination ofroles,jealous and vain, suspicious and vindictive.