Today in World History: December 15th

Nero, 5th Emperor of the Roman Empire, was born today in the year 37 A.D.. Often known as a crazed man who enjoyed strange acts such as drinking liquid gold, he sponsored the arts, and built glorious palaces, albeit expensive ones that drained the Roman treasury. He is also known to have killed his step-brother, Britannicus, and his mother, Agrippina the Younger. After a series of rebellions, Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D., and the Roman people were said to have rejoiced, although accounts differ on this and the Emperor’s tyranny.

“Qualis artifex pereo.”

“What an artist dies in me!”

-Nero

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