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 Romeï¿½ 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 Neroï¿½ 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 296 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/08/2008
- Category: Biography: royalty
- ISBN: 9781405824576