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Nero took care of good physical condition of senators

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Bust of Emperor Nero
Bust of Emperor Nero

Nero kept fit the entire senatorial body. In 59 CE in the gardens of his palace, he organized an amazing gymnastic and artistic competition – Ludi Iuvenales – for senators and equites, which shocked the conservatives. Mostly young aristocrats (the so-called Augustiani) took part.

  • H.H. Scullard, From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68

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