This is an introductory account of the actions and reputation of the most infamous figure in Roman history. It provides an assessment of Nero's reign, looking at domestic and international policies, including the persecution of Christians; and considers Nero's family background, and his perception of himself as god-incarnate. Nero's cultural achievements are examined, and the text analyses his downfall and the aftermath - focusing on the actions of Galba, Otho and Vitellius.
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This pamphlet provides a good introduction to the emperor Nero and the history of his reign. In less than 100 pages a good foundation for understanding the chief events of Nero's reign. We also gain some insights into his personality but this book is written as a history, not a biography. Hence the concentration is more focused on where Nero fits into the Julio-Claudian dynasty. So while not dealing with Nero in detail this slender volume admirably fills the role of primer to a fascinating period and a guide to further reading.
I had hoped to get a biography of Nero, instead I learned all about the ancient world and the wars that Rome was involved in. Truly disappointing.
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