With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned. But in this follow-up to The Confessions of Young Nero, a prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing much of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero's complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace—and the politicians. For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome's, and now, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake his grandiose plan to rebuild the city.
The Splendor Before The Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero
Author: Margaret George.