Nero

   Occurs only in the superscription (which is probably spurious, and is altogether omitted in the R.V.) to the Second Epistle to Timothy. He became emperor of Rome when he was about seventeen years of age (A.D. 54), and soon began to exhibit the character of a cruel tyrant and heathen debauchee. In May A.D. 64, a terrible conflagration broke out in Rome, which raged for six days and seven nights, and totally destroyed a great part of the city. The guilt of this fire was attached to him at the time, and the general verdict of history accuses him of the crime. "Hence, to suppress the rumour," says Tacitus (Annals, xv. 44), "he falsely charged with the guilt, and punished with the most exquisite tortures, the persons commonly called Christians, who are hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of that name, was put to death as a criminal by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea, in the reign of Tiberius; but the pernicious superstition, repressed for a time, broke out again, not only throughout Judea, where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also, whither all things horrible and disgraceful flow, from all quarters, as to a common receptacle, and where they are encouraged. Accordingly, first three were seized, who confessed they were Christians. Next, on their information, a vast multitude were convicted, not so much on the charge of burning the city as of hating the human race. And in their deaths they were also made the subjects of sport; for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts and worried to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and, when day declined, burned to serve for nocturnal lights. Nero offered his own gardens for that spectacle, and exhibited a Circensian game, indiscriminately mingling with the common people in the habit of a charioteer, or else standing in his chariot; whence a feeling of compassion arose toward the sufferers, though guilty and deserving to be made examples of by capital punishment, because they seemed not to be cut off for the public good, but victims to the ferocity of one man." Another Roman historian, Suetonius (Nero, xvi.), says of him: "He likewise inflicted punishments on the Christians, a sort of people who hold a new and impious superstition" (Forbes's Footsteps of St. Paul, p. 60).
   Nero was the emperor before whom Paul was brought on his first imprisonment at Rome, and the apostle is supposed to have suffered martyrdom during this persecution. He is repeatedly alluded to in Scripture (Acts 25:11; Phil. 1:12, 13; 4:22). He died A.D. 68.

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nero — Münchner Glyptothek Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (* 15. Dezember 37 in Antium; † 9.[1] oder 11. Juni[2] 68 bei Rom) w …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nero AG — Type Aktiengesellschaft Industry Software Founded 1995 Headquarters …   Wikipedia

  • Nero AG — Rechtsform Aktiengesellschaft Gründung 1995 Sitz Karlsbad …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nero — • The last Roman emperor (reigned 54 68) of the Julian Claudian line Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Nero     Nero     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • nero — / nero/ [lat. nĭger gra grum ]. ■ agg. 1. (fis.) [di corpo che assorbe integralmente la radiazione luminosa che lo investe e della sensazione visiva che tale corpo produce] ◀▶ bianco. ● Espressioni: fig., giacchetta nera ➨ ❑; punto nero ➨ ❑. 2.… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Nero AG — es una compañía alemana de software ubicada en Karlsbad, Alemania. Son conocidos por su programa para grabar CD y DVD, Nero Burning ROM. Han estado comprometidos con el desarrollo de la tecnología de compresión Nero Digital MPEG 4 (en compañía de …   Wikipedia Español

  • Nero — Nero,   ursprünglich Lucius Domitius Ahenobạrbus, nach Adoption durch Claudius (50) Nero Claudius Caesar, römischer Kaiser (seit 54), * Antium (heute Anzio) 15. 12. 37 n. Chr., ✝ ( …   Universal-Lexikon

  • NERO° — NERO°, Roman emperor, 54–68 C.E. Nero reigned during a critical period in the relations between the Jews of Judea and imperial Rome. His reign saw the decline of the authority of the procurators in Judea and the outbreak of the Jewish War. He… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Nero — Ne ro (n[=e] r[ o]), prop. n. A Roman emperor notorious for debauchery and barbarous cruelty; hence, any profligate and cruel ruler or merciless tyrant. {Ne*ro ni*an} (n[ e]*r[=o] n[i^]*an), a. [1913 Webster] Nero (originally Lucius Domitius… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nero AG — (anciennement Ahead Software AG) est une entreprise allemande qui produit des logiciels, et en particulier le logiciel de gravure Nero Burning ROM. Le siège de l entreprise se situe à Karlsbad à la frontière franco allemande dans le pays de Bade… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Nero — Nero, der letzte römische Kaiser aus dem Geschlechte Cäsars, kam durch ein Verbrechen seiner Mutter Agrippina, die ihren Gemahl, weil er den edlen Britannikus zum Thronfolger wünschte, vergiftete, zur Regierung. Die Nemesis rächte diese Unthat… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.