Nero Caesar Augustus: Emperor of Rome (Paperback)
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Short Description for Nero Caesar Augustus Terrible crimes, obsessive self-indulgence, big-hearted generosity, erratic judgements David Shotter's account reveals the many contradictory faces of Nero and gives the most balanced introduction currently available for students and general readers alike of this endlessly fascinating figure.
- Published: 01 November 2008
- Format: Paperback 296 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781405824576 ISBN 10: 1405824573
- Sales rank: 380,756
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Full description for Nero Caesar Augustus
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 Rome's 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 Rome's fifth emperor? This new biography will look at Nero's 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.