Nero, : Matricide, Music and Murder
Anthony Everitt, Roddy Ashworth

Nero, : Matricide, Music and Murder

In this magisterial biography Anthony Everitt, the celebrated chronicler of classical Greece and Rome, and investigative journalist Roddy Ashworth reveal the contradictions in Nero’s personality and a reappraisal of his life.

            In Nero ancient Rome comes to life; the crowded streets that made it prone to fires, deadly political intrigues that prompted the crimes of which the emperor was guilty, building projects that constantly remade the city and the popular arts scene in which Nero tried to make a name for himself as a musician and performance poet. He had a cultural vision for Rome, but it did not outlast his lifetime.

            In this teeming and politically unstable world, Nero scored some major successes; in particular, his regime put down the British queen Boudica’s savage but doomed revolt against Rome’s legions.

He was vulnerable to fierce reproach from the nobility and relatives whom he feared would gladly usurp him. He was only too willing to put his mother to death and murder rivals. He built a reputation as a despot.

This is the bloodstained story of one of Rome’s most notorious emperors – but in Everitt and Ashworth’s hands, Nero’s life is also a complex cautionary tale about the mettle required to rule.


Book Details:

  • Author: Anthony Everitt, , Roddy Ashworth
  • Published Year: 2022
  • Rights Sold
    • US: Random House
Anthony Everitt,

Anthony Everitt,

Anthony Everitt was Deputy Secretary-General of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1985 to 1990 and Secretary-General from 1990 to 1994. Formerly he was Visiting professor of the Visual and Performing Arts at Nottingham Trent University. His fascination with ancient Rome began when he studied classics at school. He is the author of Cicero, a Turbulent Life; Augustus, The Life of Rome’s First Emperor; Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome; The Rise of Rome; The Rise of Athens; Alexander the Great and, with his co-author Roddy Ashworth, SPQR, A Roman Miscellany and Nero, Matricide, Music ...
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Roddy Ashworth

Roddy Ashworth

 Roddy Ashworth is an award-winning investigative journalist. He is a former national news editor and visiting lecturer in media ethics at City University London. He has made a special study of queen Boudica and the revolt she led against the Romans. He co-wrote with Anthony Everitt SPQR, a Roman Miscellany; and Nero, Matricide, Music and Murder in Imperial Rome.
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Book Reviews

  • "This exciting and provocative book grabs the reader while supporting its arguments with careful classical scholarship The authors write with authority  and elegance. Nero is a pleasure to read."
    Barrie Strauss, author of The War that Made the Roman Empire
  • "A nuanced biography of the emperor Nero who ruled from 54 to 68 BCE … [Anthony Everitt and Roddy Ashworth] evoke the period with wit and precision. Ancient history buffs will be pleased. "
    Publishers Weekly
  • "The authors present a portrait that is decidedly less sceptical of the ancient historians than many other similar histories, and it makes for page-turning, informative reading for students of the era. A nice addition to the literature about ancient Rome."
    Kirkus Reviews