Emperor Nero's Role In History

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Nearing the end of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, an emperor by the name of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, or Nero for short was inaugurated amid much controversy. Nero is notorious for his vices. His relentless tyranny, fraudulence and corruption were only a few of the latter mentioned; all of which lead to his demise after 13 years in power. This essay will briefly, yet critically analyse the life of Emperor Nero from a historical account. The aforementioned will be achieved by means of satisfying the following criteria: a.) Establishing fascinating feats regarding Emperor Nero, b.) Nero’s rise to prominence in all its unorthodox glory and c.) A likening, and in-depth comparison between Emperor Nero and Saddam Hussein – Iraqi-dictator of the 20th century.
Establishing fascinating feats regarding Emperor Nero
Nero can be seen as an antithesis of the conventional Roman Emperor. Born and raised amidst penurious living-conditions due to his family’s exile, Nero was far from wealthy, let alone being an emperor-in-waiting. This was partly due to Nero’s father, Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, or Domitius’ ineptitude pertaining fatherhood. His violent and corrupt tendencies arguably not only rubbed off on Nero, but earned him his bad reputation, lasting until his death. According to Barrett (1996, p.51):
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Unlike conventional rulers, Nero came from a humble background. He himself was not responsible for becoming a ruler, but his complex familial ties, notably that of his mother, propelled him into political circumstances. Once in power, Nero was initially characterised by generosity, competence, and a seemingly liberal stance, but this quickly declined as his true nature surfaced. From this point onwards, Nero would be remembered for his sheer tyranny, bloodthirst, and corruption. His megalomania can even be compared to dictators centuries later, such as Saddam
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