Here are ten things you may not have known about the Emperor Nero.
1. The Emperor Nero became Emperor when he was only 16 years old. He became such a tyrant that history books claim him to be the 1st Anti-Christ.
2. The Emperor Nero made 3 attempts to kill his mother and was only successful after his 3rd attempt. He even organised a ship to sink knowing his mother was on it.
3. It is believed that the Emperor Nero set the city of Rome on fire in 64A.D. He blamed the fire of Rome on the Christians. There is even a legend that he fiddled while Rome burned.
4. The Emperor Nero crucified the 1st Pope, St Peter in 64A.D.(the same year as the fire of Rome). St Peter did not want to be crucified the same way as Christ so Nero had him crucified upside down.
5. The Emperor Nero was said to have been a very ugly man. He was short, over weight and suffered badly from acney. He was also not very hygienic.
6. Nero famously built a Golden Palace known as the Domus Aurea. It was built a 5th of the size of Rome including its gardens. It was 112 acres in total which makes it bigger than Vatican city. The fire of Rome in 64A.D created a lot of room for the Domus Aurea.
7. During excavations on the Emperor Nero’s Golden Palace it was discovered that his dining room could rotate!
8. The Emperor Nero killed his 1st wife because he thought she was having an affair. When it was discovered that she was not having an affair Nero said to kill her anyway as she should not have been under suspicion. Nero killed his 2nd wife when she was pregnant by beating her to death.
9. The Ancient Romans always hated when Nero preformed in Rome Theatre. He was so bad that woman would pretend to go into labor for a reason to leave the show. Modern historians say that Nero singing would have been like the Queen of England today pole dancing.
10. The Emperor Nero died in 68A.D at the age of 31. The senate forced Nero to kill himself. His last words were “what a great artist dies in me today” before he stabbed himself in the neck.
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