How Nero Saved Rome
Nero is accused of having "fiddled while Rome burned" and remembered for executing his mother and burning Christians alive. History has sided against him on all counts, but could there be another side to ancient Rome's notorious emperor?
National Geographic reveals how Nero rebuilt a city devoured by fire, revolutionizing Western architecture and forever changing the face of Rome.
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Certainly, having a temperamental, ego-maniacal artist for emperor can lead to many problems and Nero deserves blame for his excesses, for they are many. The documentary discusses them in detail.
Like Tutankhamen in Egypt, Nero wanted to change the way things were done in Rome, some for the better, some for the worse. Also like Tutankhamen, his enemies and the rulers who followed him tried to erase him from history or at least taint whatever good he did.
This documentary wants to look at the complexity of Nero, not just Tacticus' view that he was an insane megalomaniac bent on possessing all of Rome for himself. Good job, National Geographic! You can watch a little of it and decide for yourself at