Nero begins to show his True Colors
Contributed by David Verne
Nero has spent most of his time as emperor drinking, playing music, and partying. The Empire did okay during the first few years of his reign because of two of his advisers, his former tutor Seneca, and the Praetorian prefect Burrus. They guided Nero toward good policies and kept things stable. This year Burrus dies, and Nero appoints one of his friends, Tigellinus, as prefect. Instead of acting as a moderating influence on the emperor, Tigellinus encouraged Nero's excesses. Nero has been wildly popular with the people thanks in large part to his massive social welfare programs, but this will soon change as he begins to go further off the rails.  
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