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Nero, Roman emperor (54–68), was born in Antium in 37 as the son of L. Domitius Ahenobarbus and Augustus’s granddaughter Agrippina; following the death of Claudius, he ascended the throne at the instigation of his mother. During the first years of his reign, the empire was ruled by the philosopher Seneca, to whom Nero’s education had been entrusted, and by the Praetorian prefect Burrus. Once freed from the guardianship of his mother and tutor, the talented but unprincipled and ambitious youth directed his…

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Klein, Richard, “Nero”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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