Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus,Roman Emperor from 54 to 68 C.E was adopted by Emperor Claudius and succeeded him upon his death. His reign was characterized by extravagance and tyranny. Morally weak and extremely sensual, he was guilty of many murders, including his wife’s. He was accused of allowing the fire that destroyed two-thirds of Rome to burn. Nero escaped being overthrown by committing suicide.