Archaeologists Discover Theater From Emperor Nero’s Time

In Rome, archaeologists have uncovered the long-lost theater of a notorious emperor.

According to a report, the theater was uncovered after two years of archaeological digging in Rome’s Palazzo della Rovere. Several historical documents make allusions to it, and legend has it that Emperor Nero used it as a rehearsal space.

Daniela Porro, Rome’s special superintendent, said in a statement that this find is of exceptional importance since it would testify to an amazing edifice from the period of the Julio-Claudian emperors that have been mentioned in ancient records but have never been located.

History shows the brutality and hedonism of Emperor Nero have become legendary. He is also regarded as one of the most notorious criminals of past ages. From 54 A.D. until his early death in 30 A.D., he governed the Roman Empire. In 64 A.D., from July 18 through July 23, the Great Fire of Rome ravaged the city for five days.

Ten of Rome’s fourteen districts were burned in the fire, and there were allegations that the emperor was responsible. Historians, however, have disproven this.

Historical writings have shown that Nero’s mother, Agrippina the Younger, his first wife, Octavia, and perhaps his second wife, Poppaea Sabina, were all slain by him during his reign.

But there is some proof that Nero had public support, notwithstanding the many accusations made against him by ancient authors. His love of music and the arts led to a public performance in Rome around 65 AD. Despite being held responsible for the blaze, he coordinated rescue operations, and some ancient authors made passing references to other altruistic deeds he committed.

After the fires subsided, Nero attempted to place the blame on Christians, a minority religion of the period. Christians were considered abominations by the general public, and Nero firmly established their guilt by subjecting them to horrific tortures. They were devoured by dogs, swathed in animal hides, nailed on crosses, or burned alive so that people might see at night when the sun went down.