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The Muse
2010
Oil on linen
16" x 20"
“[Nero] substituted as culprits and punished with the utmost refinements of cruelty a class of persons hated for their vices, whom the crowd called Christians. Christus, the founder of the name, had undergone the death penalty in the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilate, and the pernicious superstition was checked for a moment, only to break out once more, not only in Judea, the home of the disease, but in the capital itself, where everything horrible and shameful in the world gathers and becomes fashionable.”

from Annals 15.44.2-8, Tacitus
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