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Emperor Nero: Bad Boy of Ancient Rome

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Emperor Nero's image as a depraved tyrant has been handed down by three biased sources, written after the emperor's suicide in 68AD. These sources have informed interpretations of Nero's legacy ever since, so much so that his involvement in the Great Fire of Rome has become a meme. Recent scholarship has sought to rehabilitate Nero to a certain extent, to try to understand him in the context of his time. He was indeed a man who succeeded in shocking the Roman elite, but also someone who could strike a chord with the public and was well thought of outside the centre of political intrigue. Rajan Datar attempts to separate fact from fiction

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