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Nero
as in:  the Roman emperor


Nero had his mother executed.
  Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Roman Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)
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  • Nero had his mother executed.
  • Our enemy is Emperor Nero.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Did you know that the Emperor Nero had leeks served to him every day to deepen the sonority of his voice?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Or the funny papers?" said Nero Brown.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon

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  • If I had staged it intentionally, I would have beaten the record of the Emperor Nero.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I had read Goldsmith’s History of Rome, and had formed my opinion of Nero, Caligula, &c.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Caligula or Nero, those treasure-seekers, those desirers of the impossible, would have accorded to the poor wretch, in exchange for his wealth, the liberty he so earnestly prayed for.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I know not who has recently discovered that Tacitus was a declaimer, that Nero was a victim, and that pity is decidedly due to "that poor Holofernes."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Frateretto calls me; and tells me Nero is an angler in the lake of darkness.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • And to them fell King Rience of North Wales, the which and Nero that was a mighty man of men.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur

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  • In front of us stood a little church, the sort of ancient building you often find in London—a somber bit of medieval stone wedged between a Caffe Nero and a chemist’s shop with neon signs offering selected hair products 3 for £1.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • And to them fell King Rience of North Wales, the which and Nero that was a mighty man of men.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • You know how perished Croesus, Astyages, Darius, Dionysius of Syracuse, Pyrrhus, Perseus, Hannibal, Jugurtha, Ariovistus, Caesar, Pompey, Nero, Otho, Vitellius, Domitian, Richard II. of England, Edward II.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • —the burning of Rome in Nero’s time, for instance?
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • — O heart, lose not thy nature; let not ever The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom: Let me be cruel, not unnatural; I will speak daggers to her, but use none; My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites,— How in my words somever she be shent, To give them seals never, my soul, consent!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Or Nero playing the harp while Rome burned?
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • His head was covered with curls, he had the lips of a faun, and all he needed was a lyre and a laurel wreath to be the image of the incendiary Nero of Christian mythology.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • But to this he hath replyed, that the Christians of old, deposed not Nero, nor Diocletian, nor Julian, nor Valens an Arrian, for this cause onely, that they wanted Temporall forces.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Short of brushing the throat of a rival or hindrance with a poison feather at the dinner table, of course, as Nero had done.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Where, the huge velarium that Nero had stretched across the Colosseum at Rome, that Titan sail of purple on which was represented the starry sky, and Apollo driving a chariot drawn by white gilt-reined steeds?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his poor subjects by playing the fiddle to them.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • He sent his brother home the Swamp Town Gazette, in which the new Governor was praised with immense enthusiasm; whereas the Swamp Town Sentinel, whose wife was not asked to Government House, declared that his Excellency was a tyrant, compared to whom Nero was an enlightened philanthropist.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • We’ll eat like Nero tonight.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And what comic spirit he put into his acting - this child, whose young manhood was to be cut short by a ruler far worse than Nero.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Thus a Trajan and an Antoninus, a Nero and a Caligula, have all met with the belief of posterity; and no one doubts but that men so very good, and so very bad, were once the masters of mankind.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Gentlemen of the green-baize road who could discourse from personal experience of foreign galleys and home treadmills; spies of strong governments that eternally quake with weakness and miserable fear, broken traitors, cowards, bullies, gamesters, shufflers, swindlers, and false witnesses; some not unmarked by the branding-iron beneath their dirty braid; all with more cruelty in them than was in Nero, and more crime than is in Newgate.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • With bitter exasperation, Washington exclaimed: "I would rather be in my grave than in the Presidency"; and to Jefferson he wrote: I am accused of being the enemy of America, and subject to the influence of a foreign country …. and every act of my administration is tortured, in such exaggerated and indecent terms as could scarcely be applied to Nero, to a notorious defaulter, or even to a common pickpocket.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • If when one of Plautus’ comedies is upon the stage, and a company of servants are acting their parts, you should come out in the garb of a philosopher, and repeat, out of Octavia, a discourse of Seneca’s to Nero, would it not be better for you to say nothing than by mixing things of such different natures to make an impertinent tragi-comedy? for you spoil and corrupt the play that is in hand when you mix with it things of an opposite nature, even though they are much better.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Nero and Commodus, it will be remembered, devoted themselves to the chariot.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • I wanted Daddy to give me Nero—a horse I liked.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • "At least Nero could play music," Grover muttered.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Nero played a lyre.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Thus Nature gives us (let it check our pride) The virtue nearest to our vice allied: Reason the bias turns to good from ill And Nero reigns a Titus, if he will.
    Alexander Pope  --  Epistle II of An Essay On Man
  • …. no comment yet from the Vatican …. Illuminati murders of two cardinals …. satanic presence in Rome …. speculation about further infiltration …." The news had spread like Nero’s fire.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Painted the slaughter was of Julius<50>, Of cruel Nero, and Antonius: Although at that time they were yet unborn, Yet was their death depainted there beforn, By menacing of Mars, right by figure, So was it showed in that portraiture, As is depainted in the stars above, Who shall be slain, or elles dead for love.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • "My dear Mallinson, if the man were Nero it wouldn’t have to matter to us for the time being!
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Manchegan Nero, look not down From thy Tarpeian Rock Upon this burning heart, nor add The fuel of thy wrath.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • CHAPTER X. How King Arthur had a battle against Nero and King Lot of Orkney, and how King Lot was deceived by Merlin, and how twelve kings were slain.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • CHAPTER X. How King Arthur had a battle against Nero and King Lot of Orkney, and how King Lot was deceived by Merlin, and how twelve kings were slain.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • One year his class acted a little play before the bishop, based on the persecution of the early Christians, and no one was more amused than Juan when he was chosen to play the part of Nero.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • In the meanwhile came one to King Lot, and told him while he tarried there Nero was destroyed and slain with all his people.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • In the meanwhile came one to King Lot, and told him while he tarried there Nero was destroyed and slain with all his people.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Perhaps he remembered that occasion in his boyhood when he acted Nero before the good old bishop, but this time he insisted on taking the comic part of a Roman fishmonger…’
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • But, sir, are ye purveyed, said Merlin, for to-morn the host of Nero, King Rience’s brother, will set on you or noon with a great host, and therefore make you ready, for I will depart from you.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • But, sir, are ye purveyed, said Merlin, for to-morn the host of Nero, King Rience’s brother, will set on you or noon with a great host, and therefore make you ready, for I will depart from you.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • THEN King Arthur made ready his host in ten battles and Nero was ready in the field afore the Castle Terrabil with a great host, and he had ten battles, with many more people than Arthur had.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • THEN King Arthur made ready his host in ten battles and Nero was ready in the field afore the Castle Terrabil with a great host, and he had ten battles, with many more people than Arthur had.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Then Nero had the vanguard with the most part of his people, and Merlin came to King Lot of the Isle of Orkney, and held him with a tale of prophecy, till Nero and his people were destroyed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Then Nero had the vanguard with the most part of his people, and Merlin came to King Lot of the Isle of Orkney, and held him with a tale of prophecy, till Nero and his people were destroyed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Then Nero had the vanguard with the most part of his people, and Merlin came to King Lot of the Isle of Orkney, and held him with a tale of prophecy, till Nero and his people were destroyed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
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