57. Nero Was the fifth and last Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Nero was the adopted son of his grand-uncle Claudius. He became emperor on 13 October 54, after Claudius died. Claudius was probably assassinated by Nero's mother Agrippina the Younger. Agrippina had motive in ensuring the succession of Nero before Britannicus (Claudius' natural son) could gain power.
Limestone Bust from a Funerary Relief Egypt, mid-2nd century A.D. H. (preserved): 31.0 cm (12 3/16) Gift of Frederick Stafford, 60.14 This architectonic relief shows a woman with her hair parted in the middle, swept back from her face and falling in long spirals down her shoulders. She wears a V-necked stola, earrings, a necklace, and offers a hint of a smile. Such idealized portraits, characteristic of funerary art in Roman Egypt, are known mainly from Alexandria and its surrounds.