Nero: A Roman Emperor

37 AD-68 AD

Who was Nero?

Nero was an emperor, actor, and poet. He was born into a wealthy family as the nephew of an emperor. He was most notorious for persecuting Christians and even killing his own mother. Because of his father's death, his mother married his great uncle Claudius who appointed him as emperor at age seventeen; this led to Nero killing his mother, as he was tired of her telling him how to live. Without the guidance of his mother, he spent copious amounts of cash and behaved irrationally. His reign ended when the empire revolted against him resulting in his suicide.

Nero's Early Stage of His Rule

Nero originally began by changing all of what was thought to be bad in Rome. First, he ended unfair trials and gave the Senate more of a leeway on decisions. He also did many more things such as allowing slaves to sue cruel masters and decreasing taxes, giving the impression that he was an emperor for the people. However, he would also do unspeakable acts such as castrating men whom he would later marry. One of his hobbies was going around killing random people around the streets.
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The Great Fire

After Nero committed matricide, Rome believed that bad things would happen for committing such an atrocious crime, and one of the most detrimental of all was the Great Fire. The fire lasted for six days and seven nights, destroying ten out of Rome's fourteen districts.
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The End of Nero's Reign

In 65 AD, a freed slave made thorough plans to murder Nero, even talking through with one of his disgruntled guards, but she put her faith in the wrong person, as the guard outed her to Nero. However, she refused to tell who else was on in the scheme, and she killed herself to avoid betraying her friends. Nero, being paranoid, decided to terrorize all of Rome, killing many and causing the suicide of several. The resistance of the slave resulted in many other Romans turning against Nero. Senate had declared him as a public enemy. Nero fled to avoid getting legally killed by any Roman and killed himself shortly after. After Rome learned of this, there was a fight for the role as ruler of Rome.
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Works Cited

Smith, William, Ed. "A Dictionary and Biography of Roman and Greek Mythology." William Smith, n.d. Web. 16 May 2016.

Champlin, Edward. "New England Review: Nero Reconsidered." Nero Reconsidered. Middlebury College Publications, n.d. Web. 16 May 2016.

"The Roman Empire in the First Century." Devillier Donagan Enterprises, n.d. Web. 16 May 2016.