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.

chapter 1|3 pages


chapter 2|16 pages

The Making of a Princeps

part 1|148 pages

Nero's Principate

chapter 3|13 pages

The New Ruler

chapter 4|17 pages

The Golden Age

chapter 5|16 pages

Partners in Power

chapter 6|17 pages

The Turning Point

chapter 7|19 pages

The Descent into Tyranny

chapter 8|24 pages

The Tyranny of Art

chapter 9|21 pages

The Artistic Tyrant

chapter 10|19 pages

‘What an Artist Dies With Me'

part 2|52 pages

Post-Mortem on the Fall of Nero

chapter 11|4 pages

Why Did It Happen?

chapter 12|8 pages

The Problem of the Succession

chapter 13|11 pages

The Problem Of Finance

chapter 14|13 pages

The Temptation of Philhellenism

chapter 15|14 pages

The Military Image of the Princeps