Nero

Reece Period attributed: Period 3

Obverse image of a coin of Nero

Member of the Julio-Claudians dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 54 until 68.

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (December 15, 37 - June 9, 68), born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, also called Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus, was the fifth and last Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (54 - 68). Nero became heir to the then emperor, his grand-uncle and adoptive father Claudius. As Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus, he succeeded to the throne on October 13, 54 following Claudius' death. In 66, he added the title imperator to his name. In 68, Nero was deposed. His subsequent death was reportedly the result of suicide assisted by his scribe Epaphroditos motivated by the threat of execution.

Popular legend remembers Nero as a playboy engaged in petty amusements while neglecting the problems of the Roman city and empire, the emperor who "fiddled while Rome burned".

These assumptions of his behavior are based entirely on hostile sources; namely Suetonius, Dio Cassius and Tacitus. Nero's life was documented almost entirely by his primary rivals - the senatorial class who were pro-Flavian.

The changing face of Nero

A composite image showing the changing profile of Nero. A further rendering of this change in a video from the British Museum.

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PAS record number: SF-97F298

Record: SF-97F298
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A worn copper-alloy coin of Nero, probably an as, c.64-68 AD. Reverse: Victory advancing left holding a buckler in right hand.
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PAS record number: SUR-79FEA1

Record: SUR-79FEA1
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy sestertius of Nero (AD 54-68), dating to AD 64-7 (Reece Period 3), ROMA, Roma seated left on cuirass with Victory and parazoniu…
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PAS record number: NMS-791002

Record: NMS-791002
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy as of Nero, reverse GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius standing left with patera and cornucopia, weight 5.74g, AD64-68
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PAS record number: DENO-9306B5

Record: DENO-9306B5
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A Roman copper-alloy sestertius of Nero dating from AD 54-68 (Reece period 3). Reverse illegible but possibly showing two standing figures or …
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PAS record number: CORN-1937ED

Record: CORN-1937ED
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy as of Nero (AD 54-68) Reece period 3, with ARA PACIS S/C reverse type, mint of Lugdunum, c.AD 64-66. Cf. BMC I, p.272, pl.47, fig…
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  • Preferred label: Nero
  • Full names:
    • Nero
    • Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
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  • Predecessor: Claudius
  • Successor: Galba
  • Definition: Nero (/ˈnɪəroʊ/; Latin: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; 15 December 37 – 9 June 68) was Roman Emperor from 54 to 68, and the last in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Nero was adopted by his great-uncle Claudius to become his heir and successor, and succeeded to the throne in 54 following Claudius' death.Nero focused much of his attention on diplomacy, trade, and enhancing the cultural life of the Empire. He ordered theaters built and promoted athletic games. During his reign, the redoubtable general Corbulo conducted a successful war and negotiated peace with the Parthian Empire. His general Suetonius Paulinus crushed a revolt in Britain. Nero annexed the Bosporan Kingdom to the Empire and began the First Roman–Jewish War.In 64 AD, most of Rome was destroyed in the Great Fire of Rome, which many Romans believed Nero himself had started in order to clear land for his planned palatial complex, the Domus Aurea. In 68, the rebellion of Vindex in Gaul and later the acclamation of Galba in Hispania drove Nero from the throne. Facing assassination, he committed suicide on 9 June 68 (the first Roman emperor to do so). His death ended the Julio-Claudian Dynasty, sparking a brief period of civil wars known as the Year of the Four Emperors. Nero's rule is often associated with tyranny and extravagance. He is known for many executions, including that of his mother, and the probable murder by poison of his stepbrother Britannicus.He is infamously known as the Emperor who "fiddled while Rome burned" and as an early persecutor of Christians. He was known for having captured Christians to burn them in his garden at night for a source of light. This view is based on the writings of Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio, the main surviving sources for Nero's reign. Few surviving sources paint Nero in a favorable light. Some sources, though, including some mentioned above, portray him as an emperor who was popular with the common Roman people, especially in the East. Some modern historians question the reliability of ancient sources when reporting on Nero's tyrannical acts.
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  • Birth place: Anzio, Roman Italy
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      • List of Roman emperors
      • Consul of the Roman Empire
      • Julio-Claudian dynasty
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      • Came before:
        • Claudius
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