Weâ€™ve all heard of Nero fiddling while Rome burned, but whatâ€™s the story behind the clichĂ©? Margaret George dives deep into the emperorâ€™s rise from lonely child to infamous ruler, and gives him a nuanced humanity lacking in history books. Neroâ€™s insight into the corruption around him, his naive desire to stay out of Rome, his love for the arts, and his eventual turn to dark deeds are revealed in this fascinating portrait.
Filled with twisted family trees, power-hungry characters (including Neroâ€™s mother, Agrippina), and detailed descriptions of everyday Rome, The Confessions of Young Nero comes to life under the skilled narration of Steve West, Susan Denaker, and Katharine McEwan.
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Thereâ€™s always a lot to think about and discuss after you read a good historical novel. This handy readerâ€™s guide will get you started.
If you just canâ€™t say goodbye to some of the characters in this book, take a look at two of Margaret Georgeâ€™s previous books, about Helen of Troy and Cleopatra, both of whom Nero wonders about as a child.