Poppaea Helps Nero Persecute Christians
Lecture no. 5 from the course: Warriors, Queens and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women Before 1400
Taught by Professor Joyce E. Salisbury | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Nero may not have truly “fiddled while Rome burned” but his reputation for excess and cruelty is genuine. See how the beautiful Poppaea became the wife of the mad emperor and how her religious sympathies likely influenced his persecution of Christians following a devastating fire. Ultimately, Poppaea’s story is a complex mix of spiritual zeal and vicious cruelty.