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Nero was the last of the descendants of Augustus, the Julio-Claudian dynasty, to hold the throne. He was a teenager when he became emperor in 54 CE and ruled until 68.

Like many Roman emperors, Nero was a philhellene, promoting music, the theatre and athletic events in the Greek tradition, often taking part himself (and guaranteeing his own victory). On the other hand, ancient writers describe his reign as murderous and tyrannical. Although the reliability of the ancient sources is open to question, he does seem responsible for a great deal of political chicanery and untimely deaths.

He also had to deal with several revolts in the middle east and one in Britain during his years as emperor

Location of Original: 

Rome, National Museum, Terme 618


Transferred from the Archaeological Institute of Göttingen University in October 1989


Verzeichnis der Gipsabgüsse des Archäologischen Instituts der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 203, no.A1044
Helbig: Führer durch die Sammlungen Klassischer Altertümer in Rom III (1969), 2302

Mid C1 CE

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