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Nero became emperor after his stepfather, the emperor Claudius, died (Claudius was probably poisoned by Nero's mother Agrippina II). At first Nero ruled well, guided by his mentors Seneca and Burrus, but soon his reign degenerated into the debauchery and murder for which he is infamous. He had his mother, Burrus, Britannicus, and numerous senators and members of the nobility murdered or executed. Legend says he kicked Poppaea, his pregnant wife, to death. He was the first emperor to persecute Christians, blaming them for the Great Fire in 64 A.D. Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D after generals in Africa, Gaul and Spain all rebelled, and the Praetorian Guard in Rome deserted him.
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Average well preserved denarius (young Nero) weight 3.56 grams.
Average well preserved denarius (older Nero) weight 3.21 grams, 91% silver.
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Nero's early reign was dominated by his mother, though there were the underlying tensions of a power struggle with himself (advised by Seneca and Burrus) on the other side. When Agrippina began showing attention to Britannicus in 55, he was conveniently murdered. Nero began an affair with Poppaea, the wife of his friend Otho. Otho was appointed as governor of the province of Lusitania, pushing him out of the way. Soon thereafter Agrippina was murdered on Nero's order, and his wife Octavia was divorced, exiled, and murdered. Seneca and Burrus left the scene, and Tigellinus replaced them as the main influencer of Nero.
Poppaea and Nero were married in 62, and Nero began persecuting many around him. In 64 a fire devastated a large portion of Rome, clearing the way for Nero to began a huge building program, particularly a large palace for himself. Always considering himself an artist, he began to give public performances of his singing ability and lyre playing. In 65 the Pisonian conspiracy was uncovered, a plot to replace nero with Calpurnius Piso. As a result several powerful leaders in the government were killed, including Seneca.
In 67 Nero went on a cultural tour of Greece, participating in the Olympics by chariot racing, which of course he won. Nero was very popular with the common people, who no doubt enjoyed the entertainment he both sponsored and participated him. However, the patrician class had enough of him. During his absense the governors of several provinces began revolts. Nero had returned to Rome, but faced betrayal on all sides. He fled to the port of Ostia and committed suicide on 9 June 68. His lasting popularity with the people was such that several "false" Neros sprung up over the following years, to reclaim the throne. With the death of Nero the Julian-Claudian line of rulers, the first 5 emperors, comes to an end.Brass Dupondius of 65
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NERO. A surname common to the Claudia family as it appears from writers on Roman affairs and inscriptions in the fasti as well as from the ancient denarii of that family. Thus we see C CLAVDIVS NERO or TI CLAVDIVS TI F NERO and NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERManicus IMPerator.
Nero, son of Germanicus and of Agrippina, and brother of Drusus with whom he was carefully educated by his mother. He was born in 760 (A.D. 7), an accomplished character and of excellent qualities. The monster Tiberius had him married at age 15 to his grand daughter Julia. He soon after employed the infamous Sejanus to entangle him in the snares of his cruelty and becoming himself his accuser, caused his exile in 784 to the Ponza isles (Pontia) where he was left to die of hunger in the course of the following year. At the beginning of his reign his brother Caligula brought back his ashes with those of their mother, Agrippina, and deposited them in the same tomb. (See Drusus).
The coins of these two young princes (in
second brass) are common. They are represented with the style NERO ET DRUSUS CAESARES. See Drusus Caesar.
NERO (Claudius Domitius). This son of Cneius Domitius Abenobarbus and of Agrippina the younger, was born at Antium in the 37th year of the Christian era. He was adopted (A.D. 50)
Photo of Nero Denarius courtesy of Joe Geranio
Born in 37 A.D., he was adopted by Emperor Claudius in 50 A.D. Nero became emperor after Claudius' death, which was probably due to poisoning by Nero's mother Agrippina II. At first Nero ruled well, guided by his mentors Seneca and Burrus, but soon his reign degenerated into the debauchery and murder for which he is infamous. He had his mother, two wives, and numerous senators and members of the nobility murdered or executed. He was the first emperor to persecute Christians, blaming them for the Great Fire in 64 A.D. He committed suicide in 68 A.D after generals in Africa, Gaul and Spain all rebelled, and the Praetorian Guard in Rome deserted him.
Nicaea. Nero. AD 54-68. Æ 19mm (4.64 g). Bare head right / Altar
inscribed PAT/RWN/OS in three lines. RPC I 2059; RG 43, pl. LXVI, 18.
Joe Geranio Collection- Anyone may use as long as credit is given.
Dea Roma and Nero, mirror ornaments of lead. Koln Germany. Photo Rien Bongers . Joe Geranio
This is a youthful portrait of Nero from a private collection on loan to the KoLN Museum in Germany. Rarely seen. (Photos by Hans) Joe Geranio
Interesting New portrait of Nero Found?- Joe Geranio
See News story at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6255317/Mystery-head-could-be-rare-statue-of-Emperor-Nero.html#