The Imperial Message: Nero's Propaganda and its Reception
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Shortly after the death of the Roman Emperor Nero (37 - 68 A.D.) several impostors showed up in the Eastern Roman Empire. They were received with happiness and jubilation by the general population-- a stark contrast compared to the impression he has left, and the reputation he holds nowadays. This thesis explores Nero's propagandic policies during his lifetime. Which groups did he target in his propaganda? Who did he wish to please, and which groups accepted these attempts? What was the measure of his popularity? And what is the cause of the bad reputation Nero now has?