The Characteristics Of Nero's Omens In A History Of Rome

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The authors of “A History of Rome” write about Nero in a rather concise and conservative view. The authors paint a different picture of Nero than Tacitus and Suetonius. Tacitus begins the story of Nero’s reign with the murder of Junius Silanus by his mother Agrippina the younger, projecting how Nero’s reign mirrors its malicious beginnings. Suetonius gives a detailed account of Nero’s ancestors, writing anecdotes of their horrid deeds, and describing them as irresolute, arrogant, cruel, extravagant, detestable, and dishonest . The text book mentions Suetonius’ omens on Nero’s birth to “summarize the ambiguity of Nero’s personality, which is inextricably linked with his reign.” The textbook includes Suetonius’ omens to show how the Romans themselves disliked Nero, but the addition of both good and bad omens makes it seem that Nero had some redeeming qualities. The Authors first section is titled “The son of Agrippina,” branding him relative to …show more content…
The textbook without stating it is try to drive the point made by Suetonius that “he took it upon himself to announce his own victories.” The authors leave out most of the major events written by Tacitus and Suetonius. When it comes to the Great fire the text book only mentions it as a pretext for the building of his Domus Aurea, and his persecution of the christians. They simply brush the surface of a few points, such as his artsy character and overpowering mother. The textbook tries to show an objective view of Nero’s reign, instead of giving the same detestable portrayal given by Suetonius or Tacitus. They do omit some important points, such as the revolts and crisis’s that occurred within the empire during the reign of Nero. They also fail to show the true scale of perversion and murder Nero committed, if Tacitus and Suetonius are to be

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