Nero's personality and crimes have always intrigued historians and writers of fiction. However, his reign also illuminates the nature of the Julio-Claudian Principate. Nero's suicide brought to an end the dynasty Augustus had founded, and placed in jeopardy the political system he had devised.
Miriam T. Griffin's authoratitive survey of Nero's reign incorporates both a chronological account, as well as an analysis of the reasons for Nero's collapse under the pressure of his role as emperor.
'Nero is likely to find a wide readership, and deservedly so, since the author has taken care to make her exposition accessible to the layman.' - A. Wallace-Hadrill, Times Literary Supplement
'an important book based upon a complete mastery of the material.' - Joint Association of Classical Teachers Review