The Roman Empire And Nero Essay

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The Roman Empire and Nero

It is the beginning of the first century A.D. Seneca, chief Roman tragic writer and philosopher in the time, who just came back from exile is summoned to the Roman emperor's castle by the old emperor Claudius' wife Julia Agrippina. He is assigned to tutor her son, Nero.
Nero is a spoiled little twenty-year old fat freak hungry for gladiator-ism. He hates his step- father, Claudius for he always treats him as a good for nothing child, which he is. Where-from he feels indebted to his mother who seemingly gives him full attention and has always made him feel as the future ruler of Rome. He is very naïve and stupid and always dresses up as a king hoping that the costume is bringing him back the respect and fear he deserves. And now he is to be tutored by a writer with a somewhat contradictory life, who as a writer espoused stoicism, a philosophy of moderation and calm acceptance of whatever happens. In his personal life, though, he is an epicure and something of a voluptuary, enjoying the pleasures of the flesh which stoics were supposed to forgo. These extremes are going to be the schools that will nurture Nero's empty mind, filled with selfishness and pride. In the beginning, Nero is the least interested in learning, all he wants is look wonderful and royal, so while his teacher recounts his stories, Nero looks out the window, looks himself into the mirror as if desperately trying to find a little default, or plays with a flour in his hands wondering about the days of glory where he will be the hero of the people after having saved them from the terrible enemy. Though against his will, his ear is tempted by the bloody tragedies recounted by his master and he starts to have a taste for it. His ferocity is aroused by the stories of man enjoying the pleasures of taking away from people such a precious thing as their life. Unable to inhibit his excitement, he meets with his best friend, Hadrian, to share the thrill with a person who understands. Hadrian is very much into competition and games of pride. Son of a wealthy man, he spends his time playing his money away and getting women to entertain him. He is known for his devilish nature and clever gossiping as a means to get what he wants. Nero suspects him for sleeping with his mother for he often meets with her to play, he says. As to avoid stupid accusations, Hadrian suggests that he and Nero create a small high quality contest the winner of which would get the title of the best life taker in all Rome. Each one of them would go on his own at night wearing a disguise and surprise someone and stab him to death. At first doubtful but then triggered by the idea, Nero starts thinking about the name he will give himself by the time his victory is pronounced. He sets off the game with an air of contentment as Hadrian adds more flavor to the contest by demanding a little golden star for each life he takes.
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