Happy birthday to Nero! ("Somebody tell the emporer that neck beard isn't helping to hide that double chin of his...not it!") Talk about a complex individual. So many stories. So many mysteries. Did he have his mother killed? Agrippina lI (Nero's mom) & Claudius Provincial Mints Bronze 49/50, Ephesus in Ionia. of both busts next to each other/cult of the Artemis of Ephesus. RPC 2621 Yes. More than likely this story is true. In all honesty, she was as power hungry as any of the Augustas...and may have tried seducing her own son! Did he kick his pregnant wife to death? (You can see how she stole not one but two Augustus's hearts. She was Otho's wife previous to Nero) Maybe. Though he seems to have been genuinely enamored with Poppaea Sabina and mourned her greatly, he was known to have a temper and may have lost it. Unlike with his mother, if this was done, it was not premeditated. Now for one of histories great mysteries, did Nero intentionally have Rome set ablaze??? That is a question that I truly believe unknowable with certainty at this time. I tend to doubt it. The Christians, who would later transcribe and manipulate the writings on the emporer, said that he blamed it on them and had them tortured and fed to lions in gladiatorial combat. In "The Great Fire of Rome: the fall of the emporer Nero and his city" by Stephen Dando-Collins, he states that it was the followers of the cult of Isis whom received Nero's wrath. With them making this change to his history, how many more changes might they have made? Though the claim the he started the fire was leveled at him in his lifetime, there was never evidence other than hearsay then. Just as there isn't now. Maybe when we go to the great library in the sky we'll find out the truth? Here are my lone 2 coins of one of histories most polarizing figures: NERO 54-68 CE. AE Dupondius of Lugdunum, 66. Laureate head / Securitas seated with sceptre. RIC.445 Nero! AR Denarius, Salus reverse Nero (54-68). AR Denarius (16-18 mm, 3.00 g), Rome, c. AD 65-66. Obv. NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right.Rev. Salus seated left on throne, holding patera; SALVS in exergue. RIC I 60. Old collection toning Please post your thoughts, opinions and most importantly your coins! Oh, and don't forget to wish the man a happy 1,981st birthday Happy B-day N bomb!