Books: Nero

THE BLOODY POET—Desider Kostolanyi—Macy-Masius ($2.50). In a parade of purple, the emperors of Rome go through the pages of old histories with the sound of loud horns. In the annals of Tacitus and those of medieval chroniclers, these men are present; their frail lusts and meagre rascality grown enormous through the grandeur of the empire which they destroyed. In writing about them, it is hard to make them merely human; some aura of the supernatural clings to the absurd magnificence of their palaces and their crimes. Now the wildest of them all, Nero,...

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