Emperor Nero was a Roman emperor and the adopted son of Emperor Claudius. His actual name was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. He was born on December 15, 37 AD. His mother was Agrippina the Younger. She was the sister of Emperor Caligula. Nero has always been portrayed as an insane ruler and a tyrant because of several reasons.
The most important of all of them is that he executed almost everyone who did not agree with him or opposed him in any matter. He executed his own mother soon after becoming the emperor.
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- Nero’s mother Agrippina the Younger remarried Emperor Claudius when her husband died.
- He was the youngest emperor of Rome. He became the emperor at the age of 17 years.
- Nero was the last Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He ruled until June A.D. 68.
- He was also blamed for the great fire of Rome. It has been said that he started the fire because he wanted to re-build the city.
- He also castrated a former slave and married him. Some people said that he did so because that slave resembled Nero’s second wife Poppaea Sabina.
- Emperor Nero is most famous for his persecution of Christians.
- In March 68 AD, Gaius Julius Vindex, governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, rebelled against Nero’s tax policies.
- Nero’s death is believed to be caused by this revolt by Gaius Julius Vindex.
- He ruled Rome from 54 AD to 68 AD and is remembered as one of the most notorious Roman emperors.