Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Nero
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(Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; Greek Νέρων/Nérōn)

A. Historical dimension

The name of the Roman emperor N. (AD 37–68, born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus) was associated with mythification from his birth (Plin. HN 7,45 f.; Tac. Ann. 11,11,3; Suet. Nero 6,1 f.; Cass. Dio 61,2,1). After a volatile childhood beset by political turmoil, he became the designated heir to the throne in AD 50, when Emperor Claudius married his mother Agrippina. He thereby ousted his younger stepbrother Britannicus (Tac. Ann. 12,25). N.'s reign (from AD 54) began well (even …

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Kugelmeier, Christoph, “Nero”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 19 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004681>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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