Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire: Season 1, Episode 1

Nero (21 Sep. 2006)

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In July AD 64 a fire, which lasts for six days, destroys almost all of Rome. Many of the senators think it would be impossible to rebuild the city, and suggest that the capital should be ... See full summary »



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In July AD 64 a fire, which lasts for six days, destroys almost all of Rome. Many of the senators think it would be impossible to rebuild the city, and suggest that the capital should be moved to Naples or Capua. Nero is irresolute and asks his mentor, the philosopher Seneca, about his advice. Seneca says that in a crisis great emperors rule as gods rule, and if Nero does that he can become a god himself. Nero decides to rebuild Rome and at the same time make the city more magnificent than ever before. He has a great vision of a city characterized by art and beauty, but the costs of such a project are enormous. Tigellinus, head of Rome's security force, advises Nero to robe the temples. For most Romans this is a shocking sacrilege, and when Nero starts it he gets into a collision course with the senate. In April AD 65 a group of senators plan to murder Nero, but a slave reveals the conspiracy, and all of them are killed. In one move all political opposition are wiped out, and Nero ... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Nero: 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?
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29 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Emperor Nero is one of the Roman emperors with a "mad" reputation not the only one with such a reputation in Julio-Claudian line. This episode which decides to begin the series with his life-story instead of linear sequence of events, is interesting and in the beginning paints a sympathetic picture of the Emperor which starts darkening mainly after he bloodily wreaks vengeance to a group of wealthy senators who attempted to overthrow and assassinate him. Then the Emperor becomes a caricature something between a super-gangster and a sexual pervert. Difficult to believe that such men existed but having in mind movies made about modern equivalents such as Idi Amin for example one may believe that such things happened- after all the series is based on ancient sources -I imagine Souetonius in the present case.I am an agnostic as far as the possibility for us moderns to recreate the Roman past based on ancient sources and I have stated my belief in a message in the I Claudius debating space. People that accuse the series for inaccuracy about the lives of personalities dead two thousand years ago are overestimating their knowledge since facts can not be established about periods much closer to our own.I found the combination of documentary narration and fiction very attractive and could not overlook the hint about the deviousness of the senators which is a recurrent theme in the series.

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