Nero's Torches

This print comes from Volume XXII of The Library of the World's Greatest Literature, Ancient and Modern" edited by Charles Dudley Warner and published in 1896. This is the limited Connoisseur Edition, of which this is copy number 7 of 500. The print measures approx. 7 inches by 10 inches. 

This print is a photogravure from a painting by Henryk Siemiradzki.  It is generally clean and crisp, with just a touch of browning. Original tissue guard with explanatory text included.

Title and copyright pages shows for reference purposes and are not included in the sale.


Photogravure from a portion of a painting by Seimiradzki 

"Besides this the mere desire for novelty impelled the people to every excess or refinement of barbarity. The simple combat became at last insipid and every variety of atrocity was devised to stimulate the flagging interest. At one time a bear and a bull chained together rolled in fierce contest along the sand at another criminals dressed in the skins of wild beasts were thrown to bulls which were maddened by red hot irons or by darts tipped with burning pitch. Four hundred bears were killed on a single day under Caligula,  three hundred on another day under Claudius. Under Nero four hundred tigers fought with bulls and elephants, four hundred bears and three hundred lions were slaughtered by his soldiers In a single day at the dedication of the Colosseum by Titus, five thousand animals perished. Under Trajan the games continued for one hundred and twenty three successive days.

Nor was any form of human suffering wanting. The first Gordian, when edile, gave twelve spectacles in each of which from one hundred and fifty to five hundred pair of gladiators appeared. Eight hundred pair fought at the triumph of Aurelian. Ten thousand men fought during the games of Trajan. Nero illumined his gardens during the night by Christians burning in their pitchy shirts." - Lecky