ISBN: 978-1-405-14474-2 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 192 Pages
- Focuses on the growing tension between Nero’s artistic tendencies and his role as emperor.
- Steers readers through the diverse interpretations of Nero that have arisen through the ages.
- Allows readers to form a balanced judgment of this divisive and controversial Emperor.
Table of contents
Nero's Family Tree.
The Roman Empire.
Part I: Augustus’ Great-great-grandson.
Part II: Heir to the Throne.
Part III: Quinquennium Neronis.
Part IV: Matricide.
Part V: “What a loss for the theatre”.
Part VI:The Princeps and the Populace of Rome.
Part VII:The Provinces of the Empire.
Part VIII: The Great Fire of Rome.
Part IX: Opposition.
Part X: Trip to Greece.
Part XI: The End of the Dynasty.
Part XII: Quo Vadis? Nero’s “Afterlife”.
Appendix: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: An English Translation, Augmented with the Biographies of Contemporary Statesmen, Orators, Poets, and Other Associates: Suetonius.
· Shows how Nero’s attempts to combine two careers, as actor and emperor, led to his downfall
· Outlines the often forgotten aspects of his reign -- his initial popularity, patronage of the arts, and innovations in architecture
· Steers readers through the diverse interpretations of Nero that have arisen through the ages
· Allows readers to form their own judgment of this controversial figure.