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The Emperor Nero: Viper or Frog?

Toward the beginning of his biography of the emperor Nero, Edward Champlin quotes from an extremely odd reference to the emperor by the Greek biographer Plutarch. In an essay entitled On the Delays of Divine Vengeance (De sera numinis vindicta), the gods appear to conclude that Nero was not all bad. While he was a monster who killed his mother, he also "restored the Grecians to their liberty.
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