Nero: Life of a Roman Emperor

  • by Suetonius
  • Narrated by Jonathan Waite
  • 1 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 portrays a strange man in strange times.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2016
  • Publisher: Astorg Audio