On this day in AD68 Nero committed suicide

09 Jun 2020  Tue

Nero has always been remembered for his cruel and self-indulgent nature. His people were not happy during his regime and it all came to an end by 9th June, 68 CE.

Emperor Nero came into power when he was just 16 years old under the guidance of his mother. He later went on to kill his own mother and at least one of his wives. That’s the reason why he is one of the most controversial emperors of the Roman Era.

It is believed that he started the great fire of Rome and then blamed it on Christians. According to the annals of Roman historian Tacitus, he ruthlessly executed them by setting dogs upon them or by nailing them to crosses.

He also wanted to build a grand golden palace in Rome for which he searched for the lost treasure of Queen Dido of Carthage as well as looted treasures and Roman temples. Nero committed suicide on 9 June in AD 68, when he learned that he had been condemned to death as a public enemy, making him the first Roman Emperor to commit suicide. His death ended the Julio-Claudian dynasty, sparking a brief period of civil wars known as the Year of the Four Emperors.

He minted more gold coins than his predecessors but they were slimmer than the earlier versions. A rare Roman bronze coin also is known as Sestertius dating between A.D. 64 and 66, depicting an image of Emperor Nero distributing charity to a citizen.

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