The Emperor Nero: A Guide to the Ancient Sources

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Anthony A. Barrett, Elaine Fantham, John C. Yardley
Princeton University Press, Jul 12, 2016 - History - 336 pages
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Nero's reign (AD 54–68) witnessed some of the most memorable events in Roman history, such as the rebellion of Boudica and the first persecution of the Christians—not to mention Nero's murder of his mother, his tyranny and extravagance, and his suicide, which plunged the empire into civil war. The Emperor Nero gathers into a single collection the major sources for Nero's life and rule, providing students of Nero and ancient Rome with the most authoritative and accessible reader there is.

The Emperor Nero features clear, contemporary translations of key literary sources along with translations and explanations of representative inscriptions and coins issued under Nero. The informative introduction situates the emperor's reign within the history of the Roman Empire, and the book's concise headnotes to chapters place the source material in historical and biographical context. Passages are accompanied by detailed notes and are organized around events, such as the Great Fire of Rome, or by topic, such as Nero's relationships with his wives. Complex events like the war with Parthia—split up among several chapters in Tacitus's Annals—are brought together in continuous narratives, making this the most comprehensible and user-friendly sourcebook on Nero available.

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Contents

I THE MAKING OF THE EMPEROR
1
II THE NEW EMPEROR
22
III ENEMIES WITHIN
41
IV PARTHIA
77
V BRITAIN AND GERMANY
118
VI THE GREAT FIRE
149
VII THE EMPERORS WIVES
171
VIII CONSPIRACIES
190
IX THE EMPEROR AS ARTIST AND SHOWMAN
231
X DEATH
265
Bibliography
287
Index
295
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Anthony A. Barrett is professor emeritus of classics at the University of British Columbia. His books include Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome. Elaine Fantham is the Giger Professor of Latin, emerita, at Princeton University. Her books include Roman Literary Culture: From Plautus to Macrobius. John C. Yardley is professor emeritus of classics and religious studies at the University of Ottawa. His books include Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation.

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