Class Year


Access Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Greek and Roman Studies

First Advisor

J.B. Lott


I examined Nero's debasement in the literary sources; the possible reasons for it, the consequences of it, and other details of it. Following, I examined the techniques that have been used over the last 150 years in attempts to discern the exact nature of the debasement, and the problems those techniques have faced. I used one of these problematic techniques (x-ray spectroscopy) to see if I would run into the same problems that the earlier scholars ran into.


Special thank you to Professor Tanski of Vassar College's Chemistry Department for his help with the x-ray spectrometer.