Nero Sings!

Suetonius, on the emperor Nero’s singing, in Robert Graves’s translation of The Twelve Caesars:

“No one was allowed to leave the theatre during his recitals, however pressing the reason, and the gates were kept barred. We read of women in the audience giving birth, and of men being so bored with the music and the applause that they furtively dropped down from the wall at the rear, or shammed dead and were carried away for burial.”

World leaders don’t often sing these days, though sometimes they play the drums.

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