chapter  4
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Hellenistic monarch or Roman megalomaniac?

That Nero became increasingly self-centred, arbitrary and capricious in his government is in little doubt; but did he consciously embrace a philosophy of ruling to which the closest parallels would have been found among the Hellenistic monarchs of Asia Minor? Although he was certainly a devotee of Greek culture, did he wish to live as a Greek, even to the point of moving the empire’s centre from Rome to Alexandria?