Nero Caesar Augustus : Emperor of Rome
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Propelled to power by the age of 17 by an ambitious mother, self-indulgent to the point of criminality, inadequate, paranoid and the perpetrator of heinous crimes including matricide and fratricide, and deposed and killed by 31, Nero is one of Romes most infamous Emperors.
But has history treated him fairly? Or is the popular view of Nero as a capricious and depraved individual a travesty of the truth and a gross injustice to Romes fifth emperor?
This new biography will look at Neros life with fresh eyes. While showing the man warts and all, it also caste a critical eye on the libels which were perpetrated on him, such as claiming he was a madman, many of which were most probably made up to suit the needs of the Flavians, who had overthrown his dynasty.