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Nero : emperor and court

Author: J F Drinkwater
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book portrays Nero, not as the murderous tyrant of tradition, but as a young man ever-more reluctant to fulfil his responsibilities as emperor and ever-more anxious to demonstrate his genuine skills as a sportsman and artist. This reluctance caused him to allow others to rule, and rule surprisingly well, in his name."--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Nero, Emperor of Rome; Nero, Emperor of Rome; Nero, Emperor of Rome; Nero, Römisches Reich Kaiser
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J F Drinkwater
ISBN: 9781108472647 1108472648 9781108460071 1108460070
OCLC Number: 1035325887
Description: xviii, 449 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Nero, 'Bad' or 'Good'? --
1.1. Introduction --
1.2. Biography --
1.3. Demonisation --
1.4. Rationalisation --
1.5. Reassessment --
1.6. Caveats --
1.7. Initial Success --
1.8. Senatorial Tradition --
1.9. Nero and the Senate (i) --
1.10. Achievements --
2. Agrippina and Her Legacy --
2.1. Introduction --
2.2. Life and Career to the Accession of Nero --
2.3. Long-Term Planning --
2.4. 'Queen Mother' --
2.5. The Acte Affair --
2.6. Legacy --
3. The Establishment Team --
3.1. Introduction --
3.2. The Team --
3.2.1. The Court --
3.2.2. Intimates --
3.2.3. Military Prefects --
3.2.4. Liberti --
3.2.5. The Outer Circle --
3.3. Consilium --
3.3.1. Structure and Operation --
3.3.2. Legal Business --
3.3.3. Inclusivity --
4. Dissimulation? --
4.1. Delegation --
4.2. Dissimulation and Dissidence? --
4.3. Paradox and Confusion? --
4.4. Doublespeak? --
4.5. A Carnival of Fear? --
4.6. The Problem of the Sources --
4.7. The Problem of Prejudice: the Strength of the Principate --
4.8. Nero and the Senate (ii) --
4.9. Exclusion --
4.10. The Power of Gossip --
4.11. Dissimulation? --
5. Frankness and Enquiry --
5.1. Nero --
5.2. Neronian Literature --
5.2.1. Petronius, Seneca --
5.2.2. Critics of Nero --
5.2.3. Lucan and Cornutus --
5.3. Saying the Unsayable --
5.4. Wider Neronian Culture --
5.4.1. Architecture and Art --
5.4.2. Science --
5.4.3. Geography --
5.4.4. Nero? --
5.5. Protected Nero --
6. Warfare and the Generals --
6.1. Introduction --
6.2. Armenia (i) --
6.2.1. Background --
6.2.2. Corbulo (i) --
6.3. The New Order and Britain --
6.4. The Black Sea --
6.5. Armenia (ii) --
6.6. The Generals --
6.6.1. Corbulo (ii) --
6.6.2. Consuls and Generals --
6.7. The Caucasus and Judaea --
6.7.1. The Caucasus --
6.7.2. Judaea --
6.8. Conclusion --
7. Politics --
7.1. Power-Groups --
7.2. Seneca's De dementia: Stoicism and Politics --
7.3. Nero's Team and Its Aims --
7.4. Nero's Break-Outs --
8. Killer? I: 54-62 --
8.1. Introduction --
8.2. Claudius --
8.3. M. Junius Silanus --
8.4. Britannicus --
8.5. Agrippina --
8.5.1. Recovery (55-58) --
8.5.2. Destruction (58-59) --
8.6. The Year 62 --
8.6.1. Burrus? --
8.6.2. Succession --
8.6.3. Rubellius Plautus, Faustus Cornelius Sulla --
8.6.4. Octavia --
8.6.5. Doryphorus, Pallas --
8.7. Conclusion --
9. Killer? II: 62-68 --
9.1. Introduction --
9.2. D. Junius Silanus --
9.3. The Pisonian Conspiracy --
9.3.1. Introduction --
9.3.2. Membership --
9.3.3. Course --
9.3.4. Motives --
9.3.5. Assessment --
9.3.6. Punishment --
9.3.7. Conclusion --
9.4. Poppaea --
9.5. Antonia --
9.6. The Last Killings --
9.6.1. Introduction --
9.6.2. The Vinician Conspirators --
9.6.3. Corbulo (iii) --
9.6.4. The Scribonii --
9.6.5. The Victims of Helius --
9.6.6. Deaths in Greece --
9.7. Conclusion --
10. Arsonist, Persecutor and Ruthless Property Developer? --
10.1. Arson: The Case For --
10.2. Arson: The Case Against --
10.3. Why Nero? --
10.4. Christians as Scapegoats --
10.5. The Golden House --
11. Divinity, Madness, Acting, Ideology, Burn-Out --
11.1. Divinity --
11.2. Nero-Apollo? --
11.1.2. Golden Age? --
11.1.3. Hellenistic Kingship? --
11.1.4. Nero the Mortal --
11.1.5. The Colossus --
11.2. Madness? --
11.2.1. Psychoanalysing Nero? --
11.2.2. Degrees of Irrationality --
11.3. Acting --
11.4. Ideology --
11.5. Burn-Out? --
12. Depravity? --
12.1. Introduction --
12.2. Indiscipline --
12.3. Lust --
12.4. Extravagance and Avarice --
12.5. Cruelty --
13. Finance --
13.1. Introduction --
13.2. Problems --
13.2.1. Potential Stress --
13.2.2. Signs of Stress? --
13.3. Solutions --
13.3.1. Introduction --
13.3.2. Income --
13.3.3. Management --
13.3.4. Coin Reform --
13.4. The Legacy of Helius --
14. Entr'acte: Greece --
14.1. Introduction --
14.2. Greece --
14.3. Philhellenism --
14.4. Ideology --
14.5. Inducements --
14.6. Chronology --
14.7. Helius --
14.8. 'Triumph' --
15. Fall --
15.1. Introduction --
15.2. The Lull Before the Storm --
15.3. Vindex --
15.4. Galba --
15.5. Macer --
15.6. Verginius Rufus --
15.7. Desertion --
15.8. Death --
16. Conclusion.
Responsibility: John F. Drinkwater, University of Nottingham.

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