7 Significant Romans
History of Nero
The Roman Emperor Nero is one of the most controversial figures in the history of the Roman Empire. During the early years of Nero's reign, he lowered taxes and made positive changes to slavery laws. One of the most notable events that occurred during the later years was the burning of Rome in 64 A.D. Nero was 17 years old when he became the Emperor of the Roman Empire after the death of his stepfather, Emperor Claudius in 54 A.D. Nero was a respected and fair leader during the first part of his reign. He gave slaves the right to bring complaints up against their masters and banned capital punishment within the Empire. He also supported the arts and athletics.