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How Nero's Acting Ambitions Turned Romans Against Him

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As emperor, Nero generated scandals on a prolific scale. But the final straw for the Roman senate was when he announced his intention to perform on stage - unheard of for members of the aristocracy.

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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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