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[Nero is exasperated with the mobs
] Emperor Nero
: Do I live for the people or do the people live for me? Petronius
: You are the sun in their sky! Does the sun have privacy? Emperor Nero
: The sun has the night! These people expect me to shine daily - hourly!
: [as the Christians enter the arena to die
] They're singing!
: [During the burning of Rome
] What do they want? Petronius
: Justice. Emperor Nero
: A mob doesn't want justice - they want revenge!
: [On learning that Petronius is dead
] I shall never forgive him for this!
: [none of his closest men will die for him in light of the mob's anger over Rome's burning
] I'm surrounded by eunuchs!
] Why do you stare at me, Acte? Acte
: My lord, I can only say... when all this sets with the final sun, remember the look of Acte. Emperor Nero
] Why should I remember you? Acte
: No one loves you as I love you. Emperor Nero
: I command you to *stop* loving me!
: Poppaea, one woman shouldn't judge another. She hasn't the glands for it. Ha-ha!
: [as Vinicius and the other soldiers march past
] Come closer. Look. They march as they fight: strong, brave, relentless... our unconquerable children. We must take them to our breast. Poppaea
: [Obviously attracted to Vinicius and interpreting the double-entendre literally
] Yes, my lord.
: Is it possible that human beings can produce such a sound? Petronius
: Yes, when they've been pushed too far.
: No matter what everyone thinks of me, the world is losing a great artist.
[to a slave boy who reminds him of Poppea
: Make him... a woman.
[after killing Poppea
: What have I done? Ofonius Tigelinus
: You know, years ago, your father falsely accused me of adultery. Exiled me, ruined my name. But he was Emperor. Denying t would have cost me my life. I know what it is to be the enemy of an emperor Nero. I'm too old to be one again. Nero
: You'll never be my enemy.
: I'm a god, you see? Must be. Must be. I steal and destroy and nothing happens. I kill people. I killed people. I killed her and nothing happened. How can that be? If I'm not a god how can that be?
: Here, wash this!
: Oh, Caesar. I've spread civilization to the farthest reaches of the Empire! I've conquered and subdued the barbaric hordes in the name of Rome! I've penetrated into the farthest... Emperor Nero
: What's under the sheet? Marcus Vindictus
: Sheet? Emperor Nero
: SHEET! Marcus Vindictus
: Oh! Oh, the sheet! Yes, to begin with, Number One, a beautiful, hand-carved, alabaster...
[whips off the sheet
] Marcus Vindictus
: Bathing basin! Emperor Nero
: Nice. Nice. Not thrilling, but nice.
: Get me a victim right away, or you'll be the victim.
: Delicious debauchery!
: My head is splitting... the wine last night, the music... the delicious debauchery!
: What a pretty thing a fire is.
: Mother... is always Mother!
: Gladiator Barabbas, you're becoming quite a legend among us, I hear. For your remarkable persistence in life, we have a traditional answer to this public acclaim. We make you a free man. We give you your liberty. Here is the symbol of your freedom!
[holds up a carved staff for everybody to see, then tosses it into the arena next to Barabbas' feet; he picks it up and slowly exitst the Coliseum