Thorsten Opper is curator of Greek and Roman sculpture at the British Museum, specializing in ancient portraiture, the Greek world in the Roman period, and the collecting and restoration of ancient sculpture in the eighteenth century. He is the Curator of the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth (27 May- 24 Oct). In 2008 he organised the internationally acclaimed exhibition Hadrian: Empire and Conflict and authored the accompanying catalogue.