Episode 16 – The End of Nero

Oh Nero … It’s a long way to the top, and when you get there it’s a long way to fall.

We like to think of it this way, he sings “I didn’t start the fire”, but of course he didn’t fiddle while Rome burned. No, it was far more interesting than that.

Join us for an exploration of the end of of the Julio-Claudians. This family changed the governance of Rome forever. As the first dynasty of the imperial period they set the stage for the imperialism to come. The culmination of the family is Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, but boy, how do things come to end! Herein, we consider the loves, the losses, and the scandals.

Let the Partial Historians guide the way:

The End of Nero

Marble provenance unknown, from the Giustiniani Collection, later in the Albani Collection Original portrait: AD 59-68 Reworking as Domitian: AD 81-96 Restoration as Nero: end of 16th beginning of 17th Rome, Musei Capitolini. Courtesy of Carole Raddato / Wikimedia Commons
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