Homes and Antiques Magazine - - GUIDE : DESIGN HISTORY -

In AD54, a new ruler took to the throne in Rome – the em­pire’s fifth em­peror, Nero Claudius Cae­sar. He was a no­to­ri­ously bru­tal and mur­der­ous leader, so it’s no sur­prise that he en­joyed the drama and vi­o­lence of a glad­i­a­to­rial fight. If le­gend is to be be­lieved, Nero watched the games through a pol­ished emer­ald, ei­ther to shield his eyes from the glare of the Ro­man sun, or as a mon­o­cle as he was re­port­edly short­sighted.

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