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In defense of slandered heroes, part 1 - Andrew Auernheimer
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In defense of slandered heroes, part 1
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weev From: weev Date: December 7th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I've heard that too. It was primarily spread by Cassius Dio, who wasn't even born until 100 years after Nero's death. Josephus' words on Nero are very applicable about that specific claim:
But I omit any further discourse about these affairs; for there have been a great many who have composed the history of Nero; some of which have departed from the truth of facts out of favor, as having received benefits from him; while others, out of hatred to him, and the great ill-will which they bare him, have so impudently raved against him with their lies, that they justly deserve to be condemned. Nor do I wonder at such as have told lies of Nero, since they have not in their writings preserved the truth of history as to those facts that were earlier than his time, even when the actors could have no way incurred their hatred, since those writers lived a long time after them.
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