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Nero, (Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus) – (37-68 AD) – Roman emperor (54-68 AD)
Nero was the son of Agrippina the Younger (p. 47), and the stepson of Emperor Claudius. As a boy he had been brought up by the great philosopher and statesman, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, who managed to exert a good influence on him. And when in 54 Nero, aged 17, became Emperor, Seneca became his principal adviser. Another steady influence was Sextus Afranius Burrus, commander of the imperial guard. For a few years these two men managed to keep Nero more or less in control of his vicious and insane passions.
In 59, however, Nero succeeded in having his mother murdered, for he resented her advice. Then he murdered his wife, Poppaea by kicking her when she was pregnant. After that, his self control collapsed altogether and he spent the remainder of his reign behaving as wildly as Caligula (p. 46). He took part in games and theatrical performances in the circus at Rome. He had innocent people put to death, so that he could confiscate their wealth to help pay for the extravagant way of life he was all the while pursuing.
Then in 64, a disastrous fire broke out in Rome which, after raging non-stop for a week, burned down over half the entire city. Nero was credited with having started it, and it was even said that he played the lyre while watching the flames. There is evidence, however, that in fact he did much to help control the conflagration.
In 68, some of his generals rebelled against him and he was driven out of Rome. On the way, he committed suicide.
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