On the Nature of… Emperor Nero

Did he kill his mother? Yes, most definitely. Did he set the city of Rome on fire? Perhaps!  Do we blame him or his predestined nature?

I omit a lot of names for the sake of clarity in this episode!

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, 5th Emperor of Rome, wild redhead.

Mother: Agrippina the Younger
Father: Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (birth) // Emperor Claudius (adoptive)
Siblings: Claudius Drusus (step-brother), Claudia Antonia (step-sister), Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus (step-brother), Claudia Octavia (step-sister)
Lovers: Claudia Octavia (yes, the same one; 1st wife), Poppaea Sabina(mistress, ex-wife of [future] emperor Otho, 2nd wife of Nero), Statilia Messalina (3rd wife), Sporus (1st husband), Pythagoras (2nd husband)

If you love yourself, you will not research the convoluted relations between all of these people. But also… if you love yourself you most definitely will research the convoluted relations between all of these people.

The Year of Four Emperors amuses me to no end:

June 9, 68 AD – Nero dies (assisted suicide)
June 9, 68 AD – Galba becomes Emperor
Jan. 15, 69 AD – Galba dies (assassination after 7 months)
Jan. 15, 69 AD – Otho becomes Emperor
April 16, 69 AD – Otho dies (suicide after 3 months)
April 16, 69 AD – Vitellius becomes Emperor
Dec. 20, 69 AD – Vitellius died (assassination after 8 months)
Dec. 21, 69 AD – Vespasian becomes Emperor (though proclaimed as such by his own legions on July 1; dies of natural causes in 79 AD)

Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars and past classroom discussions and lectures are tools I used for this episode.

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