Premieres Wednesday, February 20 at 10 PM ET on PBS
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The Roman emperor Nero is considered one of history’s greatest criminals. His name has become synonymous with evil, as historic accounts have accused him of killing his stepbrother, his wife and his mother, as well persecuting Christians and instigating the devastating Great Fire of Rome.
This is the judgement that is passed in history from one generation to the next, but are these accounts of Nero’s reign accurate? New scientific discoveries and a closer examination of the ancient texts written about Nero cast a different light on the Roman emperor and the accusations levelled against him.
Investigators include Thomas Müller - criminal psychologist, Martin Zimmermann – ancient historian, Wolfgang Bicker – forensic toxicologist, Marcus Reuter – director, Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, Manfred Clauss – ancient historian, Paul Schubert – classical scholar, Rebecca R. Benefiel – historian.