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 (nîr′ō, nē′rō) Full name Nero Claudius Caesar. ad 37-68.
Emperor of Rome (54-68) whose early reign was dominated by his mother, Agrippina the Younger. He had his mother and wife murdered, and he was accused of setting the Great Fire of Rome (64). He committed suicide after being deposed by the Senate.

Ne·ro′ni·an (nĭ-rō′nē-ən) adj.


(Biography) full name Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus; original name Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. 37–68 ad, Roman emperor (54–68). He became notorious for his despotism and cruelty, and was alleged to have started the fire (64) that destroyed a large part of Rome


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(Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus) ( “Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus” ) A.D. 37–68, emperor of Rome 54–68.
Ne•ro•ni•an (nɪˈroʊ ni ən) adj.
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Noun1.Nero - Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Roman Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)Nero - Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Roman Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)


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For, while he was but too ready to accept the position that was almost immediately offered to him on his coming of age, and found, indeed, a subtle pleasure in the thought that he might really become to the London of his own day what to imperial Neronian Rome the author of the Satyricon once had been, yet in his inmost heart he desired to be something more than a mere arbiter elegantiarum, to be consulted on the wearing of a jewel, or the knotting of a necktie, or the conduct of a cane.
This is Tacitus's last book on the Neronian period, he says, and provides insight into major themes of what would prove to be the closing years of Nero's tumultuous reign, and the end of the great dynasty of Julio-Claudian rulers.
13) The Christian epics, those depicting characters converting to Christianity (usually) during and despite Neronian persecutions, typically present the martyrs' death and the ultimate historical victory of Jesus (or Christianity) in this way.
Each view has merit, but both rather overlook the deliciously Neronian flavour of the whole enterprise.
84) Although he was freed from Herod after being imprisoned by him, Peter was unfortunately not saved from the Neronian persecution, during which time he was crucified.
Wilson is particularly good about describing the waning years of Neronian Rome.
But this carnivalized difference of the Neronian self that emerges in public histrionic stance translates, in fact, the collective psychodrama of the Roman world which liberates through the sequence of the Neronian histrionism the own difference carnivalized by the self through histrionic Neronian own self by the collision of two mentalitary infrastructures, one centered on civitas (the organization of the Roman world around the city) and one more off-center, eccentric: "But for these interior and moral frontiers to persist, there was need of another border, that external, material and institutional one: the city of Rome.
305-24) maintains that Silius restores the Greek tradition of a positive view of kingship in his portrayal of Alexander, who during the Neronian period had been treated as an autocrat.
48) Whether or not James Stuart had anticipated such fatalities, his cruel conceit supplied a chilling context, therefore, for Gaveston's acclamation of Edward as a king of fools, who revels in the Neronian spectacle of an actor being hunted as a beast: "And running in the likeness of an hart, / By yelping hounds pull'd down, and seem to die.
11) Thus, according to Walsh, it seems unlikely that Petronius would have written a work that was critical of the Neronian regime, since the author had a hand in planning its worst excesses.
16) Thus do the grunting monosyllables of "Gus Krutzsch" take on the allusive power of Neronian literature and cryptic bawdry.
So, for example, in a brief survey of the Neronian years, the reader learns of the rumor that the emperor played his "harp" while Rome burned, with a citation of Tacitus sans commentaire; Dio would have been a better source for the popular rumor, and, in any case, it would have been wise to avoid the common peril of this gente of book and eschew a long list of cited ancient passages with little in the way of source criticism.