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The Remorse of Nero After the Murder of His Mother (1878) by John William Waterhouse Background: In AD 59, the Roman Emperor Nero is said to have ordered the murder of his mother Agrippina the Younger
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The Remorse of Nero After the Murder of His Mother (1878) by John William Waterhouse
Background: In AD 59, the Roman Emperor Nero is said to have ordered the murder of his mother Agrippina the Younger

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Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (December 15, AD 37June 9, AD 68) was a Roman Emperor of the Petronian age.

Popular legend remembers Nero as a decadent libertine and a tyrant; he is known as the emperor who "fiddled while Rome burned", an early persecutor of Christians and builder of the Domus Aurea. These accounts follow the histories of Tacitus, Suetonius and Cassius Dio along with a number of early Christian writers. However, some ancient sources also indicate that Nero was quite popular with the common people during and after his reign. It may be impossible to completely separate fact from fiction concerning Nero's reign.

In AD 68 a military coup drove Nero into hiding. Facing execution at the hands of the Roman Senate, he reportedly committed forced suicide with the help of his scribe Epaphroditos.

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Nero in post-ancient culture

Nero in medieval and Renaissance literature

Usually as a stock exemplar of vice or a bad ruler

Nero in modern culture

Nero in music

Nero is the main character of some musical works, as the operas:




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