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Nero, Life of A Roman Emperor

Suetonius

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Suetonius' most important surviving work is known as the De Vita Caesarum, a set of twelve biographies of the successive Roman rulers. The emperor Nero's reign is one weird tale of sexual depravity and extravagant sadism. He was a gifted musician, and is said to have given great concerts of which attendance was compulsory; women were said to have given birth during the performance, and men were driven to fake death to escape. Nero kicked his pregnant wife to death and then had a young boy castrated to replace her as his spouse; then, during the great fire of Rome, he is said to have played the lyre to emphasize the beauty of the destruction. His eccentricities are a continuation of the tradition of his predecessors, only more perverted; Suetonius' account portray a strange man in strange times.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Waite

Length:

1h 35m


Chapters

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04:35

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:07