Paul Stephenson

Paul Stephenson is the author of The Serpent Column: a cultural biography, which explores the history of a bronze sculpture through 2,500 years. His next book is New Rome. The Roman Empire in the East, AD 395-c. 700, forthcoming with Profile and Harvard University Press.

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The history of iconoclasm offers deeper lessons than are on display in the current statue-toppling craze