The Easel

Archives: Sumi Hansen

13th March 2018

Decoding the Silver Caesars: A Conversation with Mary Beard and Julia Siemon

Mary Beard claims this 16th century silverware is “the greatest jigsaw puzzle on earth”. Twelve plates, dazzling in their quality, were made, one for each of the first 12 Caesars. But who made them and for what purpose? Further, why were they pulled apart and then incorrectly put back together? Extraordinary eye candy, if you will, as this video (3.5 min) shows.