Just so we’re all on the same hilariously inept page, Emperor Nero was an awful athlete and an even worse person. For example one of Nero’s favorite hobbies was dressing all in black and roaming the streets of his city at night stabbing and mugging people. And he was so bad at singing (an Olympic event at the time) that members of the audience would feign being dead to avoid listening to the shrill, birdlike screams he called his singing voice. Seriously — he made Joffrey from Game of Thrones look like a capable ruler, because at least the heir of House Baratheon wasn’t insane from lead poisoning.
Using his role as emperor and the vast wealth of the Roman empire, Nero funded dozens of musical contests to show off his “talents” and he outfitted his personal racing chariot with so many horses that from a distance it kind of looked like a furry centipede.
Two of my favourite things to write about are ancient Roman/Greek history and stupid things. Thankfully this site gives me an outlet for writing about both.