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The Emperor Nero the End of a Dynasty

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The Emperor Nero the end of a dynasty, and did he really "Fiddle whilst Rome burned"?

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, so it is no wonder he was just called Nero. He was born on 15 December AD 37 and died on 9th June AD 68. He became emperor of Rome after his great-uncle Claudius died Nero was the last emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty .

The Julio-Claudian dynasty .

  • Augustus 27 BC – 14 AD He was considered the first emperor of the Roman Empire
  • Tiberius 14 AD – 37 AD A great general, it was he that conquered Pannonia, Dalmatia, Raetia
  • Caligula 37 AD – 41 AD assassinated On 24 January, AD 41 it was not proved but generally thought Claudius had a direct hand in the assassination
  • Claudius 41 AD – 54 AD it was he that sent four legions to conquer Britain (Britannia)
  • Nero 54 AD – 68 AD Nero paid most of his concentration whilst in office on trade and improving the cultural standing of Rome. He built many more theatres and vigorously encouraged more athletic games.

The Emperor Augustus

Nero's reign included a successful war; he also was the one who suppressed the Boudicca revolt in Britain, he became the main protagonist in the Christian persecution, many also believed it was Nero who was the killer of Apostles Peter and Paul, because of this there were those that thought that Nero would return from death or exile, usually as "the Anti-Christ”.

The Emperor Nero

As in all large cities there were often fires in Rome but the Magnum Incendium Romae The Great Fire of Rome in AD 64 spread not only quickly (it burned for five and a half days) through Rome but it also spread rumours that it was Nero himself that started it out of the fourteen districts of Rome only four escaped the fire.

The old adage that “Nero fiddled whilst Rome burned” is an anachronism as the instrument was invented a thousand years later, the rumour that Nero was motivated by a desire to destroy the city, Nero secretly sent out men pretending to be drunk to set fire to the city.

Nero watched from his palace on the Palatine Hill singing and playing the lyre, was totally untrue as records show according to Tacitus, when Nero heard about the fire he hurried back to Rome and helped in the relief effort, much of the funds needed Nero himself supplied and after the fire he opened his palaces to provide shelter for the homeless

Nero fearing assassination committed suicide on 9 June 68.


Posted on Jan 19, 2011
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Posted on Jan 19, 2011
Jerry Walch
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