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Suet Nero 20

• "began to long to appear on stage"

• Had 5000 commoners placed around theatres and taught the Alexandrian methods of applause so they could applaud him when he sang

• The leaders of these groups "were paid four hundred thousand sesterces each"

Suet Nero 21

• Sang with the commoners

• "he did not cease to appear in public from time to time"


• "he even thought of taking part in private performances among the professional actors"

Suet Nero 22

• "special passion for horses" • "more races were added"

• "managers of the troupes no longer thought it worthwhile to produce their drivers at all except for a full day's racing"


• Went to Greece saying "the Greeks were the only ones who had an ear for music and that they alone were worthy of his efforts"

Suet Nero 23

• Refused to return to Rome soon as he was focussed on contests


• No one was allowed to leave when he was singing

Suet Nero 24

• Observed the rules "most scrupulously"


• He made sure to "obliterate the memory of all other victors in games and leave no trace of them"

Suet Nero 25

• Returned from Greece and, when he arrived in Rome, entered in the chariot that Augustus had used for triumphs

• Had a coin struck with him as a lyre player


• "never addressed the soldiers except by letter or in a speech delivered by another, to save his voice"

Seneca On the Happy Life 7.3 (58 AD when Nero was 21)

• Compares virtue ("lofty, exulted and regal") to pleasure ("weak and perishable")


• Virtue is found in the senate house and temple with "callused hands", pleasure around the "public paths and the sweating-rooms", "painted and made up with cosmetics like a corpse"

Seneca epistles 65AD, Letters 37.1

• Says how the oaths taken by gladiators are both "Noble" and "dishonourable"


• "a binding condition" is placed on those who offer themselves to the arena


• "they should suffer such things even if they do not wish to", there is no sense of freedom, many writers condemn the barbarous nature of the killings

Petronias Satyricon 117.5

• The characters "just like real gladiators" swore oaths that "assigned our bodies and our souls to our master in the most formal way"


• States how binding the agreement is


• Again portrayed as cruel

Seneca letters 7.3 (65AD), Seneca epistles

• "nothing is so damaging to good character than the habit of wasting time at the games"


• Implies the moral degradation that comes with decadence