Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus (Nero)

37 AD – 68 AD

Early Life (Background information

Nero was the son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and the famous emperor Augustus's great granddaughter Agrippina. Nero's dad, died in 50 AD, (Nero was 3) and soon after, Claudias, the emperor, married his mother. Agrippina had convinced him to make Nero his successor, instead of his own son, Brittanicus. This eventually led to his mother once again convincing the emperor to marry Nero and his daughter, Octavia, which he agreed to. In 54 AD, Claudias died, Agrippina poisoned him, to please Nero. After he had died, Nero took the throne aged seventeen.

Nero ruled in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The first five years of his reign, he had brought down taxes, and increased authority of Senates, After a while he, became very cruel, violent and turned to crime. Nero had met a girl who was known to be the most beautiful woman in Rome, because of this, the fate of Nero's wife, Octavia, was planned. Nero wanted to divorce Octavia, but the law was very confusing, and the reasoning demanded by law were unclear. He decided killing her was the best choice. Octavia was forced to open her veins and bleed to death. After she had died, she was taken to an island and was sacrificed. She had got her head cut off and it was used as a trophy, because Nero was just that crazy.