Thank you to all who wished me well, and thank you to all who came. The first lecture went fine I think. It was helped (audience, and other-wise) by a very nice article in the Washington Post. But perhaps this over-achieved, as there weren't in the end quite enough seats -- and I know some people had queued and were turned away. (I think that there will be a podcast in due course, and there is a video showing on Thursday lunchtime at the NGA for anyone in Washington.. but I am sorry for the frustration.)
I hope it doesn't put you off coming next time, when I am sure that the audience will have thinned. I shall be talking about the bottom line of Roman imperial representation and its discontents, but also about why the Renaissance and the early modern rich splattered their palazzi with emperors. Didn't they see that they were a load of ghastly autocrats, who came to sticky ends... ? I shall argue that they did..but . .
Anyway, this is all huge fun. But news from home is not good. Biggest on todays email agenda was the new ruling of the HR department (sorry "Division') about paying one-off lecturers, or external examiner.. or whatever.
Now apparently, before we can make any payment, we have to get a photo-copy of their passport, to show that they have permission to work here.