May 2, 2011 Leave a comment
A graffiti drawing of the Roman Emperor Nero, made by a Roman soldier in the basement of the imperial palace. Famously known for prosecuting Christians and burning them to use as torch lights for his garden parties, Nero’s reign was marked by tyranny and extravagance. His true character has been distorted by history, with many of the facts surrounding his reign being exaggerated or invented to enhance the picture of a depraved, despotic ruler. While some elements of Nero’s character may be authentic, his true nature is probably lost behind the exaggerated image created by hostile sources.