"Secrets of the Dead: The Nero Files" takes a Closer Look at the Life and Legend of the Ancient Roman Emperor

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17 February 2019
The Nero Files
Courtesy of Helmut Wimmer/ Interspot Film GmbH
“Secrets of the Dead: The Nero Files”
Premieres Wednesday, February 20 at 10 PM ET on PBS
(Check local listings)

         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.
The Nero Files
Courtesy of Helmut Wimmer/ Interspot Film GmbH

           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.

The Nero Files
Courtesy of Helmut Wimmer/ Interspot Film GmbH
          Secrets of the Dead: The Nero Files provides us with the opportunity to take a closer look at the life of Nero, as it follows internationally renowned criminal psychologist Thomas Müller and a team of scientists and historians as they investigate the new evidence in order to discover the truth about the controversial emperor.
          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.

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