Looking for a good biography (or "life and times" type of book) on Nero.

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Looking for a good biography (or "life and times" type of book) on Nero.

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Sept. 3, 2013, 11:50am

I have several books that give overviews of several or all of the emperors, but haven't run across any recommended modern biographies dedicated to Nero. I also have The Twelve Emperors by Suetonius and plan to get some of the other ancient authors. Thanks for the help!

Sept. 3, 2013, 11:57am

Nero: The End of a Dynasty .....................Hardcover
by Miriam Griffin (Author) ...cost a penny (plus SH) on Amazon.

Sept. 5, 2013, 1:02pm

Thanks, Ammianus. I ran across that one when searching on Amazon, but there wasn't a single review (none here on LT either). Before I shell out some big bucks, I like to get at least one person's opinion who has read it!

Jan. 6, 2014, 10:29am

Finished Nero by Jurgen Malitz (translated by Allison Brown) and was a little disappointed. This was a brief (113 pgs.) book and quite readable, but it glossed over a couple of important incidents in Nero's life. I kept waiting for a discussion of Nero's murder of his pregnant wife Poppaea. It was passed off with a half sentence and no details. A couple of other well-known instances were similarly given short shrift. Moving on to Nero: The End of a Dynasty by Miriam Griffin.

Anyone have an opinion on Michael Grant's book Nero? There are no reviews here on LT.

Jan. 6, 2014, 10:44am

In a somewhat unrelated bit of advice (since it is not a biography, not modern, and not exactly contemporaneous to the Emperor, for that matter), I recommend reading through Tacitus's treatment of Nero in the Annals.

Jan. 8, 2014, 12:06pm

Thanks, matthewmason!

Bearbeitet: Jan. 10, 2014, 2:52am

Seconding matthewmasonʻs recommendation of Tacitus;
and "for the "Times" part of this threadʻs title: The Satyricon of Petronius. Being an ally of Nero, he naturally left
Nero out of this satirical work, so no good for the "Life".
For the life, perhaps John Bishopʻs "Nero", which I havenʻt even seen for decades. I remember that, when the author begin a breif teaching stint at Boston University it was controversial among the small group of classicists there -- as being a near-"Whitewash" of Nero. (Bishop is "John Bishop" #6 among the many John Bishops in LT listings.
I should have read Michael Grantʻs book, (4) but havenʻt. Miriam Griffinʻs (4) is new to me.