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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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A Good Man for Politician

History / Ancient History : About.com Ancient/Classical History (2 years ago)

© NYPL Digital Gallery Alt: Plutarch Image ID: 1803244 Plutarch. (About 46-120 A.D.) (ca. 1922-1939) Here is a quotation from a man better known as a biographer than a philosopher, Plutarch (c. A.D. 45-125), on the type of person on... Read Post

Camels in Greece? Really Gizmodo? Source?

History / Ancient History : Rogue Classicism (3 years ago)

A potentially interesting item in Gizmodo begins thusly: The ancient Greeks called the thapsia garganica plant “deadly carrot,” because their camels would eat it and quickly die. The Roman emperor Nero mixed it with frankincense to ... Read Post

Nero Gives Birth to a Frog

History / US History : Electratig (3 years ago)

The association of the emperor Nero with frogs is not unique to Plutarch (see my earlier post The Emperor Nero: Viper or Frog?). A thousand years later, the Golden Legend recorded a medieval folktale in which the emperor gave birth ... Read Post


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