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Even Nero's Own Mother Wasn't Spared From His Cruelty

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Nero owed a huge debt to his mother, Agrippina, for cleverly engineering his rise to become ruler of Rome. But Nero, known for his debauchery and violence, was not the type to show loyalty in return.

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It's 54 A.D. and Nero just succeeded his stepfather Claudius to become the fifth emperor of Rome. What followed was 14 years of cruel behavior that would unite the empire against Nero and, on June 9, 68 A.D., bring a violent end to his rule. Host Bettany Hughes travels the Roman world and examines ancient artifacts to reveal new insights into the most notorious reign in the empire's history. Witness key events in Nero's life that ultimately plunged Rome into a dangerous new phase of its history, an era of civil wars and military coups.

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