Who is Nero and why is he important?

Nero was the 5th emperor of Rome and the last of Rome’s first dynasty, the Julio-Claudians, founded by Augustus (the adopted son of Julius Caesar). Nero is known as one of Rome’s most infamous rulers, notorious for his cruelty and debauchery. He ascended to power in AD 54 aged just 16 and died at 30.

What good did Nero do?

Apparently Nero did some good things too. He brought down taxes in Rome, reduced the price of food and often performed on stage singing and dancing for big crowds (can’t imaging Obama doing that – although maybe Berlusconi would). … That peace lasted an whopping 50 years and was one of Nero’s biggest triumphs.