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Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (15 December AD 37 - 9 June AD 68), born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, was Emperor of Rome from AD 54 to AD 68.


  • Vellem nescire literas.
    • Translation: I wish I could not write.
    • Variant translation: I wish I was illiterate.
    • Quoted in " De Clementia" - Chapter 1, Book 2 by Lucio Anneo Seneca.
  • Qualis artifex pereo.
    • Translation: What an artist dies in me!
    • Variant translations:
      • What an artisan I am in dying!
      • So great an artist, I die!
      • Like an artist, I die.
      • Truly... an artist is about to perish.
    • Quoted in "Nero" - Page 51 by Edward Champlin - History - 2003

Quotes about Nero[edit]

  • The people love Nero. He inspires in them both affection and respect. There is a reason for this which Tacitus omits. One can discern the reason for this popular feeling: Nero oppressed the great and never burdened the ordinary people. But Tacitus says nothing of this. He speaks of crimes. He speaks of them with passion. We, as a result, feel he is biased; he no longer inspires the same confidence. One is led to believe that he exaggerates; he explains nothing and appears satisfied with vignettes.

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