Book Review: ‘The Splendor Before The Dark’ Is A Great Historical Look At Nero

Author Margaret George has written a great follow up to her New York Times bestselling book The Confessions Of Young Nero with The Splendor Before The Dark. It’s a look at the last four years of his life.

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Gwemanicus became Emperor of Rome at a young age and this book picks up with the great fire of Rome (a prophecy written years ago) that is now happening burning Rome to the ground. People suspect that he had something to do with it and he vows to rebuild the city. People believe he is shady and are conspiring against him. This is his story of how he will be remembered in history either as a great ruler or as someone shady. He must survive those who want to take him down and he must fight for his own survival. He goes through so much good and bad it’s hard to know what his true legacy is today. One thing is for sure he didn’t live a dull life.

Author Margaret George paints a great picture of Nero’s life and how things might have been for him during his life. It’s a well researched book about his life and what he had to go through. If you’re a fan of ancient Rome like I am this is a great book to add to your collection.

You can pick up the book in stores on Tuesday, November 6th from Berkley Hardcover.

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