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Adrienne Cormier
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Emperor Nero

Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, aka Nero as he is more widely known was the 5th emperor of Rome in the first century. Nero was also the last emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty taking the thrown at age 17. This eccentric tyrannical ruler was born in 37 A.D. to Agrippina who was the great granddaughter of the emperor Augustus. After Nero’s bio father died his mother married the emperor Claudius who just happened to be her uncle! Claudius ended up naming Nero as his successor over his own son with a little persuasion from Nero’s mom, as part of the deal Nero would take Claudius daughter as his wife! Nero adopted the name Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus and took the thrown in 52 A.D. His mother was a very domineering factor in his life and tried to steer the way of his rule as well as his person affairs.
Nero was quite the womanizer that went on to have several affairs including an open affair with a slave woman. Agrippina protested heavily on all of them. He first banished her from the palace and eventually unsatisfied with this had her murdered. At first Nero was considered a good reasonable leader it wasn’t until the later years of his reign around 59 A.D that he went insane. He had put in many good reforms such as lowering taxes and did away with capital punishment. Nero supported athletics and art culture above gladiator events. Although he was known for his wondering eye and night time excursions he was good natured. It was around the time of his mother’s murder that he turned tyrant and over indulgent. Nero started blowing extreme amounts of money and was starting to behave inappropriately for a ruler, giving public performances. Nero ended up divorcing his wife, Octavia, and marrying a noble woman who was married when they had started their affair. Nero was an…...

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