Nero The Roman emperor Nero is remembered by history as the vain and immoral monster who fiddled while Rome burned Edward Champlin reinterprets Nero s enormities on their own terms as the self conscious p

  • Title: Nero
  • Author: Edward Champlin
  • ISBN: 9780674011922
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Roman emperor Nero is remembered by history as the vain and immoral monster who fiddled while Rome burned Edward Champlin reinterprets Nero s enormities on their own terms, as the self conscious performances of an imperial actor with a formidable grasp of Roman history and mythology and a canny sense of his audience.Nero murdered his younger brother and rival to the tThe Roman emperor Nero is remembered by history as the vain and immoral monster who fiddled while Rome burned Edward Champlin reinterprets Nero s enormities on their own terms, as the self conscious performances of an imperial actor with a formidable grasp of Roman history and mythology and a canny sense of his audience.Nero murdered his younger brother and rival to the throne, probably at his mother s prompting He then murdered his mother, with whom he may have slept He killed his pregnant wife in a fit of rage, then castrated and married a young freedman because he resembled her He mounted the public stage to act a hero driven mad or a woman giving birth, and raced a ten horse chariot in the Olympic games He probably instigated the burning of Rome, for which he then ordered the spectacular punishment of Christians, many of whom were burned as human torches to light up his gardens at night Without seeking to rehabilitate the historical monster, Champlin renders Nero vividly intelligible by illuminating the motives behind his theatrical gestures, and revealing the artist who thought of himself as a heroic figure Nero is a brilliant reconception of a historical account that extends back to Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio The effortless style and artful construction of the book will engage any reader drawn to its intrinsically fascinating subject.

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    1. This is not a book for people approaching Roman Imperial history for the first time. For that, it's better to read something like Syme's Roman Revolution or Griffin's Nero: The End of a Dynasty (if Nero is what your heart is set on, and not Augustus). Champlin's Nero is much narrower in scope, attempting to understand why Nero is so memorable a figure in later antiquity(a cult hero for the Greeks and a sort of anti-christ to the Jews and Christians), second only to Alexander the Great in singula [...]

    2. This is a difficult book to review, because I believe that a certain audience will enjoy it, where others may not. As others have commented, this book is not a biography nor does it have a standard historical progression. Champlin argues neither that Nero was a good person or necessarily a good ruler, but that he was skilled in how he presented himself to the Roman people and that was why he was successful for a number of years. So in that sense, Suetonius, Tacitus, and Dio all portray him unfai [...]

    3. Rather a disappointing book on Nero. For someone as awesome as Nero, the author is rather boring describing the tyranny of his reign (or lack of doing anything really).

    4. The narrative does not move through Nero's life chronologically, but instead each chapter has its own recurring theme. It takes the most popular notions about Nero and does an excellent job analyzing each. Some of the themes include his relationship with his mother, the fire in Rome and persecution of Christians, his wives, and his acting/sporting pursuits. Overall an excellent read about a controversial figure.

    5. This was a too-detailed and academic treatment of Nero, when I wanted a basic popular history. I'm sure a scholar of the Roman Empire and emperors would find this of greater value than I did. Much of what may have been superior scholarship and insights were lost on a plebian like me!Of interest to me: Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned, among the many other atrocious historical events he is accused? Maybe. Apparently he did set the fire, kill his mother and his wife and unborn child (accid [...]

    6. A very interesting read: a new perspective on the life and career of emperor Nero. The author is more interested in reconstructing Nero's public image and self-representaion than in solving any mysteries of his life. Instead of taking a side in a long war of anti-Nero historians, who believe the ancient sources seeing in Nero an example of a bad, self-indulgent, cruel ruler (and, let us not forget, the persecutor of Christianity!) against those who believe Nero to be a much better emperor than t [...]

    7. Fascinating perspective on an old favorite. Nero was neither a good man, nor a good emperor, but when I look at him through the eyes of Champlain's book, I can't help but begin to like him! He seems to have had a rather ostentatious sense of humor, and I always like a person that can appreciate irony. The idea that Nero's life was one grand performance, and he the protagonist, fascinates me - whatever else he was, there is no denying that he was a man of great vision. Love him or hate him, consi [...]

    8. This isn't so much a chronological history of Nero as it is an examination of various themes in his life. It begins with a look at how people have viewed Nero down through the ages. The different chapters cover, among other things, the murder of his mother, the fire in Rome, his Golden House, his artistic and athletic pursuits and his presentation of himself as an incarnation of Apollo, both in his musical ability and as a sun god. It is an interesting way to do a biography, but I think I prefer [...]

    9. Interesting perspective of the Roman Emperor Nero. Interesting and thought provoking but failed to take a stand in many cases I feel it could have or failed to truly prove the stands he took in my opinion. Worth the read if you are interested in Ancient Rome though because the care he takes in reviewing not only the ancient sources themselves but the culture and context that the writers took their information from gives us a much better picture than just relying on the words alone.

    10. Champlin has written not a biography of Nero but rather a multifaceted discussion of the emperor's foibles and personae. In parts repetitious, the book thoroughly enjoys Nero's peccadillos but also uses them as a framework to talk about Rome itself and its history. Camplin's basic point is "why is Nero so very fascinating?" I'm not at all sure he answers it!

    11. Really good. It was difficult to understand the author's intent at first because the book doesn't flow chronologically but once you see that it flows from one Nero event to another. I wish he would have explored the similarities between Nero and Alexander the great, but the purpose of the book was to show case Nero the artist and his attempt to play to history.

    12. This book does a great job analyzing why Nero was fascinating in his time and remembered long after his violent death. This book is not a biography, something the author explains very early in the book.

    13. This is excellent, but I started it over a year ago and did not finish it due to life getting in the way. I definitely want to return to it, as it is yet another fantastic work of historical revisionism and when the subject is Nero that is particularly provocative.

    14. Interesting take on the Emperor. The timeline is confusing, and the narrative is jumbled. Best to know a lot about Nero before reading this.

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