• WordNet 3.6
    • n Nero 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's longest name is: Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver
    • prop. n Nero A Roman emperor notorious for debauchery and barbarous cruelty; hence, any profligate and cruel ruler or merciless tyrant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After the great fire of Rome in A.D. 64, the emperor Nero ostensibly decided to lay the blame on Christians residing in the city of Rome. These he gathered together, crucified, covered in pitch (tar), and burnt alive. He walked around his gardens admiring the view.
    • n Nero nē′ro the last emperor of the family of the Cæsars, at Rome (54-68 A.D.): any cruel and wicked tyrant
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In literature:

In the baths of Nero near Ostia was found the Apollo Belvedere.
"Corinne, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mme de Stael
Why take the throne from Nero, if it was to be left to Otho?
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
Edited by R. Morris, Esq., from the Cottonian MS., Nero, A x.
"Of the Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue" by Alexander Hume
The mention of Nero spurs him to an outbreak on the abuses of power.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Nero was fiddling when Rome was burning.
"Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses" by Horace Smith
One single Caligula, one Nero, has caused more evil than an earthquake.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
Not till Nero took a pickaxe and began to work himself, to encourage the men, was any real progress made.
"Greek and Roman Ghost Stories" by Lacy Collison-Morley
It is an old hacknied abuse of NERO, that when Rome was in flame he accompanied the crackling of doors and rafters with his very best fiddle.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
"A Selection of Books published by Methuen and Co. Ltd., London, 36, Essex Street, W.C" by Anonymous
The majority of commentators assign it to the latter years of Nero's reign, which ended A.D. 68.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows

In poetry:

Mallo lero iss im bo nero!
Welcome I'll give him over and over.
Mallo lero iss im bo baun!
"Girls Spinning" by Padraic Colum
But listen, Nero, lend thy ears,
As still thou hast them on;
Hear what Britannia says, with tears,
Of Anna dead and gone.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
And thence beheld in glad amaze
What Nero's guilty eyes, aloof,
Drank in from off his golden roof—
The sun-bright city all ablaze:
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I, Nero, fiddled while Rome burned:
I saw my empire overturned,
And proudly to my murderers cried--
An artist dies in me! -- and died.
"Postscriptum : September 1913" by Thomas MacDonagh
Poi soggiungesti sorridendo: "Amico,
"Quando mi porteranno al cimitero
"Verrai tu pure, com'e` l'uso antico,
"A far dei versi sul mio drappo nero;
"In Morte Di Emilio Praga" by Ferdinando Fontana
COME now--to the gates of that palace advance,
Built by Louis Eleventh, "the Nero of France;"
And tell how he suffered the pangs of remorse,
Ere death put an end to his profligate course.
"Enigma XXlV." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

Some might have thought him "just a dog," but Nero was more than that.
Nero , the Marquette City Police Department's first canine member, died Wednesday after a bout with cancer.
Nero served the public nobly during his years with the Marquette police.
Andrews characterized a discussion before a House panel as a "classic case of Nero fiddling while Rome burns.".
INTERVIEWS Nero Talk Free Single, Welcoming Skrillex Into Their Reality.
Gleefus Bernard Nero died on Aug 23, 2012.
8-31-12 Goose Island Pepe Nero .
Ancient poem praises murderous Roman emperor Nero .
Nero 's Brunch at Caesars Atlantic City.
IDENTITY Fest Announces Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Nero For Traveling EDM Event's Second Year.
Italian Actor Leo Gullotta to Be New Woody Allen Voice in ' Nero Fiddled'.
' Nero Fiddled' while Sony slotted.
Sony Classics lands Woody Allen's ' Nero '.
Woody Allen's " Nero Fiddled," starring Alison Pill and Flavio Parenti, was filmed in Rome.
Philly Pops Music Director Peter Nero is Jill Pasternak's guest this week.

In science:

Nero Africa” to 15.11 for sample “Café Brown”.
Gamma radiation measurements and dose rates in commercially-used natural tiling rocks (granites)