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Corbulo wins the War

Contributed by David Verne

After the end of winter, Corbulo has begun marching south towards Tigranocerta, the southern Armenian capital. On the way, an assassination plot against Corbulo is uncovered. The plot was led by allied Armenian nobles who had grown tired of following the Romans, and all of the nobles are executed. After arriving at Tigranocerta, Corbulo launches the head of one of the executed noblemen into the city, and the ruling council voted to surrender the city peacefully. Tiridates escaped to Parthia. Tigranes IV, a Cappadocian nobleman, is appointed as king, and about 2,000 Roman soldiers are stationed as his bodyguards. Corbulo is hailed as a hero and is given the governorship of Syria as a reward. The Romans might have thought that the question was settled, but the Parthians would soon put down their own revolts and have time to deal with Armenia. [1] [2] [3]

My Take by David Verne
Corbulo was the most famous general of his era, especially after reestablishing Roman control over Armenia. This victory was also important for the twenty year old emperor, Nero. The Parthians had put Tiridates on the throne because they thought that a young emperor might be a weakling in matters of foreign policy. Luckily for Nero, he had a good general who could win campaigns, thus bolstering Nero's legitimacy.

Agrippina becomes too Ambitious

Contributed by David Verne

Nero's mother, Agrippina, was the main force behind his rise to power, but she didn't do it for him. She has been trying to use him as a puppet, through which she can control the Empire. Early after Nero took the throne, the Imperial Court was divided between those loyal to Agrippina, and those loyal to Nero. Nero dismissed her from court, after she threatened to throw her support behind Brittanicus, Claudius' natural son, and Nero had him poisoned. She has continued to scheme to gain control over the Empire for herself, and Nero decides that the only way to be free of her is to have her killed. He didn't want to order an execution so he tried to figure out a way to make it look like an accident. He tried to rig the ceiling above her bed which failed, and then tries to sabotage a ship she was on. It wrecked, but she was able to swim to shore. After these failed attempts, Nero orders an assassin to kill her. Nero felt a great deal of guilt after her death, and said he was haunted by her ghost for years after. [4] [5]

My Take by David Verne
One of the main arguments between Nero and Agrippina was Nero's affair with an actress. Actress didn't mean prostitute, but during the Roman Empire, that was just as bad. Unlike modern society, where entertainers are on the highest social rung, they were at the bottom in Roman society. Musicians, actors, and gladiators were all cheered and praised while performing, but once the performance was done, they lived in the worst ghettos in Rome. It could be argued that slaves often had a higher social standing. Nero was frequently seen hanging out with actors and musicians, and this was scandalous for any patrician to do, much less the Emperor. Even more scandalous was Nero's love of playing the lyre, a type of small harp, and his dreams of becoming a famous gladiator or actor. Where Caligula made Senators run alongside his carriage, Nero made them sit and listen to his newest song or poem.

See Also


  1. Tacitus, Cornelius. The Annals. 
  2. Dando-Collins, Stephen (2010). Legions of Rome. St. Martin's Press. 
  3. Duncan, Mike (August 16, 2009). Burn it to the Ground.
  4. Tacitus, Cornelius. The Annals. 
  5. Duncan, Mike (August 9, 2009). Smite My Womb.

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