Genuine Roman Bronze Coin Silver Pendant depicting Emperor Nero
- • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Genuine Roman Bronze Coin 1st cent. AD • Bezel material: Sterling Silver 925
In this pendant (diameter 3.5 cm) in sterling silver, is set an authentic Roman coin (1st century AD) which depicts Emperor Nero. On the reverse side of the coin, the seated "Securitas", with an altar at his feet: Securitas was a Roman goddess, the personification of security, especially that of the Roman Empire. It was depicted on coins, in a propaganda sense, in the most complicated periods of the Emperor's kingdom. Nero was Roman emperor from 54 to 68, the last ruler of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, he was the son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Agrippina the Younger, the sister of Emperor Caligula. Nero's father died in 40, and his uncle was murdered in 41. Nero's great-uncle Claudius then ascended the throne. Agrippina married Claudius, who adopted Nero as his heir. Nero succeeded Claudius upon the latter's death in 54. During the early years of his reign, Nero was content to be guided by his mother Agrippina, his tutor Seneca, and his Praetorian prefect Sextus Afranius Burrus Nero's rule is usually associated with tyranny and extravagance. Most Roman sources, including Suetonius and Cassius Dio, offer overwhelmingly negative assessments of his personality and reign; likewise, Tacitus claims that the Roman people thought him compulsive and corrupt. Suetonius tells that many Romans believed that the Great Fire of Rome was instigated by Nero to clear the way for his planned palatial complex, the Domus Aurea. According to Tacitus he was said to have seized Christians as scapegoats for the fire and burned them alive, seemingly motivated not by public justice but by personal cruelty. Some modern historians question the reliability of the ancient sources on Nero's tyrannical acts, however. All our jewels come with a certificate of authenticity, which certifies their origin and provenance from the Roman or Greek world!