Nero

ISBN-10: 0674018222
ISBN-13: 9780674018228
Edition: 2003
Authors: Edward Champlin
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 470
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Nero murdered his younger brother and rival to the throne, probably at his mother's prompting. He then murdered his mother, with whom he may have slept. He killed his pregnant wife in a fit of rage, then castrated and married a young freedman because he resembled her. He mounted the public stage to act a hero driven mad or a woman giving birth, and raced a ten-horse chariot in the Olympic games. He probably instigated the burning of Rome, for which he then ordered the spectacular punishment of Christians, many of whom were burned as human torches to light up his gardens at night. Without seeking to rehabilitate the historical monster, Champlin renders Nero more vividly intelligible by illuminating the motives behind his theatrical gestures, and revealing the artist who thought of himself as a heroic figure.Nero is a brilliant reconception of a historical account that extends back to Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio. The effortless style and artful construction of the book will engage any reader drawn to its intrinsically fascinating subject.

Edward Champlin is Professor of Classics and Cotsen Professor of Humanities, Princeton University.

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Stories and Histories
Portrait of the Artist
The Power of Myth
Shining Apollo
Saturnalia
One House
Triumph
Epilogue
Note on Sources
Bibliography
Notes
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index

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