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Nero Julius Caesar Germanicus (6–30) was a close relative of the
Roman Emperors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
Nero was born in 6 to
Germanicusand Agrippina the Elder. His paternal grandparents were Nero Claudius Drususand Antonia Minor, daughter of Mark Antonyand Octavia Minor. His maternal grandparents were Marcus Vipsanius Agrippaand Julia the Elder, daughter of Caesar Augustus.
Nero's siblings included four brothers (Tiberius and Gaius Julius, who died young; Drusus; and the future Emperor
Caligula) and three sisters ( Julia Livilla, Drusilla and Agrippina the younger). In 20, he married Julia, daughter of Livillaand Drusus "Castor" ( Tiberius' only son by Vipsania).
Nero was uncle to
Julia Drusillaand Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus).
His father Germanicus was
heir apparentto his own adoptive father Emperor Tiberius, but Germanicus predeceased the Emperor in 19. He was replaced as heir by Julius Caesar Drusus, son of Tiberius and his first wife Vipsania Agrippina. But he too predeceased the Emperor on September 14, 23.
Nero was the oldest adoptive grandson of Tiberius, and was seen as the emperor's most obvious successor. However, he was accused of
treasonalong with his mother in 29. Nero was exiled to the island of Ponzawhere in 30 he was either induced to commit suicide or else starved to death.
* Rose, Charles Brian, "Dynastic Commemoration and Imperial Portraiture in the Julio-Claudian Period." Cambridge, 1997, nr. 17, pp.66-67.
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