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Why did Nero kill his own mother? Was it true that she was dangerous to the point where it was "her life or his?" Did he have "good" reasons (in the sense of being understandable or acceptable at the time) for the killing of other people, and a persecution of the Christians.

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It is a good question. I have wondered about it forever. – aea2o5 May 8 '13 at 20:14
aea, huic primum nuptiarum dies loco funeris fuit, deductae in domum, in qua nihil nisi luctuosum haberet, erepto per venenum patre et statim fratre; tum ancilla domina validior et Poppaea non nisi in perniciem uxoris nupta; postremo crimen omni exitio gravius. But, sometimes it is not enough. – user2237 May 8 '13 at 20:19
This varies by the account, but it was probably related to a power struggle between the two. – American Luke May 8 '13 at 21:49
@TomAu I respectfully disagree. I believe the question contains enough context as is (although more is better). – American Luke May 8 '13 at 23:59
I see it's been edited. But the only worthwhile answerable content is: "Why did Nero kill his own mother?", which is unfortunately below the standard of effort expected for questions. With improvement this could be reopened, there is a good question idea here, but for now I'm going to add the final close vote. – Nathan Cooper May 9 '13 at 11:37

Nero's mother always wanted to get power, note that she was married to emperor Claudius, he already had a son, however, Agripina convinced Claudius to actually allow her son (Nero) to be the emperor.

After that Claudius died in obscure circumstances.

At that time Nero was really a kid, so Agripina actually had a lot of power, as Nero became an adult, Agripina had to effectively let that power go, but I guess that is difficult for someone used to always use and enjoy that power.

If in top of that you add the character of Nero, you have the perfect cocktail.

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