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Different opinions about Nero

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Nero, author Cesares de Roma
Neron, autor Cesares de Roma

Already ancient s had different opinions about Emperor Nero; some even gave some “positive” feedback. When asked by the flatterers, the philosopher Apollonius of Tyana replied, “I think of him better than you, for you think he should sing and mine should be silent”1.

Vindex, on the other hand, expressed an opinion about matricide: “[…] he had quite rightly put to death his mother, because she had borne such a monster”2. Nero also became famous for his lack of a sense of morality.

It was no secret that he wanted to be the lover of his own mother, who was self-imposed on him. He castrated a boy to make him a woman and then married him. He later married another man as a woman.

  1. Philostratus, Life of Apollonius

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