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No RegretsRemorse in Classical Antiquity$
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Laurel Fulkerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668892.001.0001

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Nero’s Degenerate Remorse

Nero’s Degenerate Remorse

(p.147) 7 Nero’s Degenerate Remorse
No Regrets

Laurel Fulkerson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the fifth emperor Nero’s murder of his mother, and his subsequent remorse. Unlike in the case of Alexander, all of the sources believe that Nero is sincere, but generally, they see his remorse as at most a small punishment of his behaviour and at its least, simply a fruitless display.

Keywords:   Tacitus, Suetonius, Dio, matricide, Agrippina

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