He makes a few passing negative comments on Nero's character in his work, but makes no remarks on the nature of his rule. Some sources, though, portray him as a competent emperor who was popular with the Roman people, especially in the east. :589, Before Claudius' death, Agrippina had maneuvered to remove Britannicus' tutors and replace them with tutors that she had selected. , Nero became emperor in 54 AD, aged sixteen years. , Cassius Dio (c. 155–229) was the son of Cassius Apronianus, a Roman senator.  There is also no record of Nero having any offspring who survived infancy: his only recorded child, Claudia Augusta, died aged 4 months. , Tacitus was the son of a procurator, who married into the elite family of Agricola. Scholars generally credit Nero's advisors Burrus and Seneca with the administrative successes of these years. Classicianus advised Nero to replace Paulinus, who continued to punish the population even after the rebellion was over.  Many portraits of Nero were reworked to represent other figures; according to Eric R. Varner, over fifty such images survive. :265–66:35, In 66, there was a Jewish revolt in Judea stemming from Greek and Jewish religious tension. :119 Classics professor Josiah Osgood has written that "the coins, through their distribution and imagery alike, showed that a new Leader was in the making. The triumphal arch for Corbulo's earlier victory was part-built when Parthian envoys arrived in 63 AD to discuss treaties. Nor did the Emperor’s excesses. Tacitus is the only surviving source which does not blame Nero for starting the fire; he says he is "unsure". After trying unsuccessfully to kill his mother by drowning, by a clever collapsing ceiling over her bed and by ramming her boat, Nero finally dispatched assassins who did kill Agrippina on March 23, 59. Agrippina followed in 59BC, and finally, in 62 AD, Nero murdered first wife Octavia and her elder sister.  That same year Nero called for the first treason trial of his reign (maiestas trial) against Antistius Sosianus. Revolt of Vindex and Galba and Nero's death, Kragelund, Patrick. The first five years of Nero’s reign were relatively benign. , Nero's tutor, Seneca, prepared Nero's first speech before the Senate. :16 In AD 55, Nero removed Agrippina's ally Marcus Antonius Pallas from his position in the treasury.  After the fire, Nero opened his palaces to provide shelter for the homeless, and arranged for food supplies to be delivered in order to prevent starvation among the survivors. This was a rigorous, almost masculine, despotism. His maternal grandparents were Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder; his mother, Caligula's sister. When he called for a gladiator or anyone else adept with a sword to kill him, no one appeared. :265 Nero decided to adopt a more lenient approach to governing the province, and appointed a new governor, Petronius Turpilianus.:33. How did Emperor Nero die? Nero was so terrified of dying that he begged one of his servants to kill themselves to serve as an example to him- before a troop of armed soldiers forced his hand. After sleeping, he awoke at about midnight to find the palace guard had left.  Champlin writes that though Nero's participation "effectively stifled true competition, [Nero] seems to have been oblivious of reality. . Nero’s reputation amongst the elite began to plummet — although he remained popular with the people.  However, Suetonius writes that, "since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, the [emperor Claudius] expelled them from Rome" ("Iudaeos impulsore Chresto assidue tumultuantis Roma expulit"). However, the foiled coup only made Nero worse and widespread executions followed, including the poet Lucan and the emperor’s old tutor, Seneca. Most of what we know about Nero's reign comes from three ancient writers: Tacitus, Suetonius, and Greek historian Cassius Dio. These advantages to Nero led to rumours that the Emperor was the arsonist. Indeed, most of the senators had served the imperial family all their lives and felt a sense of loyalty to the deified bloodline, if not to Nero himself. , Eastern sources, namely Philostratus and Apollonius of Tyana, mention that Nero's death was mourned as he "restored the liberties of Hellas with a wisdom and moderation quite alien to his character" and that he "held our liberties in his hand and respected them". , When one of the horsemen entered and saw that Nero was dying, he attempted to stop the bleeding, but efforts to save Nero's life were unsuccessful. In 55 BC he murdered his adopted brother Britannicus after growing tensions with Agrippina led her to shift her attention to the young Prince. However, several other accounts going back to the 1st century have Paul surviving his two years in Rome and travelling to Hispania, before facing trial in Rome again prior to his death.. She was 41. Vitellius began his reign with a large funeral for Nero complete with songs written by Nero. " Lactantius (c. 240–320) also said that Nero "first persecuted the servants of God". On June 9th, 68 AD, Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar— better known as Emperor Nero — died by his own hand after being declared an enemy of the state by the Roman senate. The prefect of the Praetorian Guard, Gaius Nymphidius Sabinus, also abandoned his allegiance to the Emperor and came out in support of Galba. A year's importation of incense was burned at the funeral. While Nero had retained some control of the situation, support for Galba increased despite his being officially declared a public enemy ("hostis publicus"). At the Battle of Vesontio in May 68, Verginius' forces easily defeated those of Vindex and the latter committed suicide. Letter from Apollonius to Emperor Vespasian, Philostratus II. Shotter writes the following about Agrippina's deteriorating relationship with Nero: "What Seneca and Burrus probably saw as relatively harmless in Nero—his cultural pursuits and his affair with the slave girl Claudia Acte—were to her signs of her son's dangerous emancipation of himself from her influence. According to Suetonius, Nero abandoned the idea when some army officers openly refused to obey his commands, responding with a line from Virgil's Aeneid: "Is it so dreadful a thing then to die?" :260, Tacitus wrote that some ancient accounts described the fire as an accident, while others had claimed that it was a plot of Nero. , With his death, the Julio-Claudian dynasty ended. XV. (Nero’s father, an odious aristocrat, Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, died two years after Nero was born.) :11 He died from multiple stab wounds in January of 41 after being ambushed by his own Praetorian Guard on the Palatine Hill. Prasutagus' will leaving control of the Iceni to his wife Boudica was denied, and, when Catus Decianus scourged Boudica and raped her daughters, the Iceni revolted. According to Tacitus, Nero was in Antium during the fire. The news sent Nero into a frenzied panic. , Tacitus, the main ancient source for information about the fire, wrote that countless mansions, residences and temples were destroyed.  Julius Classicianus replaced Decianus as procurator. Nero and the Narada's very presence in 2233 created the alternate reality, causing divergences both immediate (the destruction caused by the ship) and unrelated (Pavel Chekov's date of birth, for example). At this time, a courier arrived with a report that the Senate had declared Nero a public enemy, that it was their intention to execute him by beating him to death, and that armed men had been sent to apprehend him for the act to take place in the Roman Forum. , In the wake of the fire, he made a new urban development plan. In 54 CE Claudius mysteriously died after eating a bowl of mushrooms -- probably poisoned ones.  Shotter has written that "Claudius' death in 54 AD has usually been regarded as an event hastened by Agrippina because of signs that Claudius was showing a renewed affection for his natural son," but he notes that among ancient sources Josephus was uniquely reserved in describing the poisoning as a rumor. Some evidence exists suggesting that Nero knew of the poisoning when he later called mushrooms the “food of the gods.” There was also fear that Britannicus (Claudius’s legitimate son) might be chosen as emperor ahead of Nero. Then in 64 AD, the Great Fire of Rome broke out. , Modern scholars believe that Nero's reign had been going well in the years before Agrippina's death. All the arrows landed in the city. For example, Nero promoted the exploration of the Nile river sources with a successful expedition.  Otho used "Nero" as a surname and reerected many statues to Nero. Fabius Rusticus, Cluvius Rufus and Pliny the Elder all wrote condemning histories on Nero that are now lost. 69 AD Nero’s Death Nero (Latin: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus 15 December 37 – 9 June 68) was Roman Emperor from 54 to 68, and the last in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Nero devalued the Roman currency for the first time in the Empire's history. Caligula then banished his two surviving sisters, Agrippina and Julia Livilla, to a remote island in the Mediterranean Sea. , Books 61–63 of Dio's Roman History describe the reign of Nero. Otho was said to be liked by many soldiers because he had been a friend of Nero and resembled him somewhat in temperament. Nor is the Bible explicit, calling Aquila of Pontus and his wife, Priscilla, both expelled from Italy at the time, "Jews" (Acts 18:2).  Claudius succeeded Caligula as Emperor. In Histories Tacitus writes that the affair began while Poppaea was still married to Rufrius Crispinus, but in his later work Annals Tacitus says Poppaea was married to Otho when the affair began. According to the Talmud, Nero went to Jerusalem and shot arrows in all four directions. A famine in the city, caused by Nero cutting grain supplies had lost him the support of the populace, but worse still, Nero had lost the support of the army. He had bribed organizers to postpone the games for a year so he could participate, and artistic competitions were added to the athletic events. Of other historians, he said: But I omit any further discourse about these affairs; for there have been a great many who have composed the history of Nero; some of which have departed from the truth of facts out of favour, as having received benefits from him; while others, out of hatred to him, and the great ill-will which they bore him, have so impudently raved against him with their lies, that they justly deserve to be condemned.  His death ended the Julio-Claudian dynasty, sparking a brief period of civil wars known as the Year of the Four Emperors. He cried, "Have I neither friend nor foe?" However, he still could not bring himself to take his own life, but instead forced his private secretary, Epaphroditos, to perform the task. V.  We learn from Tacitus, Ann. ":257 His respect of the Senatorial autonomy, which distinguished him from Caligula and Claudius, was generally well received by the Roman Senate. At the time it occurred, Nero was at Antium but immediately returned to Rome to oversee relief efforts.While ancient writers tend to blame Nero for starting the fire, this is far from certain. Verginius refused to act against Nero, but the discontent of the legions of Germany and the continued opposition of Galba in Spain did not bode well for him. In 310, Lactantius wrote that Nero "suddenly disappeared, and even the burial place of that noxious wild beast was nowhere to be seen. Nero did not consider it a serious danger when Gaius Julius Vindex, a governor in Gaul, rebelled in AD 68. Rome under Emperor Nero . Dispatching messages to his friends' palace chambers for them to come, he received no answers. Three ancient writers, Tacitus, Suetonius, … The Senate also allowed Agrippina two lictors during public appearances, an honor that was customarily bestowed upon only magistrates and the Vestalis Maxima. Best known for: One of the worst Emperors of Rome, legend has it he played the fiddle while Rome burned. Various plots against Nero's life developed, and Nero had many of those involved put to death. It was an ignominious death for the last of the original imperial dynasty, the Julio-Claudians.  After persuading some to recognize him, he was captured and executed. , Nero returned to Rome and spent the evening in the palace. This is fidelity! He also killed relatives and anybody who was eyeing his power, and even people that he simply didn’t like. In 68 AD, the Gallic and Spanish legions, along with the Praetorian Guards, rose against Nero and he fled Rome.  According to this account, many Christians were arrested and brutally executed by "being thrown to the beasts, crucified, and being burned alive"..  This revolt was eventually put down in 70, after Nero's death. Her body was not cremated, as would have been strictly customary, but embalmed after the Egyptian manner and entombed; it is not known where. By the 4th century, a number of writers were stating that Nero killed Peter and Paul. Suetonius and Cassius Dio alleged that Nero sang the "Sack of Ilium" in stage costume while the city burned. Some record that, when he was at a feast with priests on the citadel, it was given to him by his taster, the eunuch Halotus, others that it was given him at a family dinner by Agrippina herself, offering him the drug in a dish of mushrooms, a kind of food to which he was very partial...His death was concealed until all arrangements were in place with regard to his successor.". Though poets say Nero "fiddled while Rome burned," the fact is that fiddles were not yet invented. When Tigranes attacked Adiabene, Nero had to send further legions to defend Armenia and Syria from Parthia. The legend of Nero's return lasted for hundreds of years after Nero's death. , According to Sulpicius Severus, it is unclear whether Nero took his own life. :19, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome cautiously notes that Nero's reasons for killing his mother in 59 AD are "not fully understood". The Great Fire of Rome, was an urban fire that occurred in July, 64 AD. , The first text to suggest that Nero ordered the execution of an apostle is a letter by Clement to the Corinthians traditionally dated to around AD 96. :215 A number of modern historians have noted that Agrippina's death would not have offered much advantage for Poppaea, as Nero did not marry Poppaea until 62 AD. Ironically, he was later involved in a conspiracy to overthrow Nero and was executed. In Apocolocyntosis, Seneca the Younger does not mention mushrooms at all. According to Jürgen Malitz, Suetonius tells that Nero's father was known to be "irascible and brutal", and that both "enjoyed chariot races and theater performances to a degree not befitting their position". On 9 June in AD 68, he committed suicide, becoming the first Roman Emperor to do so, after learning that he had been tried in absentia and condemned to death as a public enemy. , In 65 AD, Gaius Calpurnius Piso, a Roman statesman, organized a conspiracy against Nero with the help of Subrius Flavus and Sulpicius Asper, a tribune and a centurion of the Praetorian Guard. :84 Griffin points out that Tacitus "makes explicit the significance of Agrippina's removal for Nero's conduct". A handful of other sources also add a limited and varying perspective on Nero. Nero was born with name Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus in 37 AD, but renamed as Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus because his mother, Agrippina the Younger, married Emperor Claudius in 49 AD, who adopted Nero in 50 AD. The governor of the province Gaius Suetonius Paulinus assembled his remaining forces and defeated the Britons and restored order but for a while Nero considered abandoning the province. :12 Nero, who was having an affair with Acte,[viii] exiled Agrippina from the palace when she began to cultivate a relationship with his wife Octavia. " He died on 9 June 68, the anniversary of the death of Octavia, and was buried in the Mausoleum of the Domitii Ahenobarbi, in what is now the Villa Borghese (Pincian Hill) area of Rome. . :54 Agrippina's involvement in Claudius' death is not accepted by all modern scholars. While in this position, Suetonius started writing biographies of the emperors, accentuating the anecdotal and sensational aspects.  Modern historians, noting the probable biases of Suetonius, Tacitus, and Cassius Dio, and the likely absence of eyewitnesses to such an event, propose that Poppaea may have died after miscarriage or in childbirth. However, behind the scenes, the cracks were beginning to show, and Nero started to remove anyone in perceived opposition to him. :84, In 62 AD, Nero's adviser Burrus died. 68 a.d. WHAT CENTURY What century did Nero die? Lactantius maintains that it is not right to believe this. , In 1562 Girolamo Cardano published in Basel his Encomium Neronis, which was one of the first historical references of the Modern era to portray Nero in a positive light. :288, The history of Nero's reign is problematic in that no historical sources survived that were contemporary with Nero.  Sometime during the reign of Titus (79–81), another impostor appeared in Asia and sang to the accompaniment of the lyre and looked like Nero but he, too, was killed. Nero then toyed with the idea of fleeing to Parthia, throwing himself upon the mercy of Galba, or appealing to the people and begging them to pardon him for his past offences "and if he could not soften their hearts, to entreat them at least to allow him the prefecture of Egypt". Tigranes was chosen to replace Tiridates on the Armenian throne. :53 Suetonius differs in some details, but also implicates Halotus and Agrippina. , According to Suetonius and Cassius Dio, the people of Rome celebrated the death of Nero. ", After Burrus' death, Nero appointed two new Praetorian Prefects: Faenius Rufus and Ofonius Tigellinus.  After Agrippina's exile, Burrus and Seneca were responsible for the administration of the Empire. Nero (/ˈnɪəroʊ/ NEER-oh; Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus;[i] 15 December 37 – 9 June 68 AD) was the fifth Roman emperor, ruling from 54 to 68. Around 57 AD and 58 AD Domitius Corbulo and his legions advanced on Tiridates and captured the Armenian capital Artaxata. According to ancient texts, Nero killed his own mother. Nero’s father died when at the … , Nero studied poetry, music, painting and sculpture. It is not surprising that Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD), Nero's teacher and advisor, writes very well of Nero. Roman and Greek sources nowhere report Nero's alleged trip to Jerusalem or his alleged conversion to Judaism. :37, According to ancient historians, Nero's construction projects were overly extravagant and the large number of expenditures under Nero left Italy "thoroughly exhausted by contributions of money" with "the provinces ruined". The client state arrangement was unlikely to survive the death of the former Emperor.  The statement concerns Revelation 17:1–18, "the longest explanatory passage in Revelation", which predicts the destruction of Rome by work of an eight emperor who was also one of the seven kings of the most extended and powerful empire ever known in the human history: according to this lecture, Babylon the Great is identified with Rome which has poured the blood of saints and martyrs (verse 6) and subsequently become the seat of the Vatican State, reigning over all the kings existing on Earth. In the aftermath, Nero abandoned Rome and spent a happy two years touring Greece, competing in athletic and musical contests — including the Olympic games — and basking in the adoration of his Hellenistic subjects. Biography: Nero ruled Rome from 54 … On June 9th, 68 AD, Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar— better known as Emperor Nero — died by his own hand after being declared an enemy of the state by the Roman senate. Reign: October 13, 54 AD to June 9, 68 AD.  Nero's previous advisor Seneca was accused by Natalis; he denied the charges but was still ordered to commit suicide as by this point he had fallen out of favor with Nero. ", Tacitus wrote the following about Agrippina's marriage to Claudius: "From this moment the country was transformed.  Within Christian communities, these writings, along with others, fueled the belief that Nero would return as the Antichrist. Some modern biblical scholars such as Delbert Hillers (Johns Hopkins University) of the American Schools of Oriental Research and the editors of the Oxford Study Bible and Harper Collins Study Bible, contend that the number 666 in the Book of Revelation is a code for Nero, a view that is also supported in Roman Catholic Biblical commentaries. Image © Mint Imperials. Death of Nero by Vasiliy Smirnov, 1888. He was crowned on the basis that he would have won if he had completed the race. But why did so many cling to the idea that the former emperor lived? 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