The Nero Files

Monday, February 3 at 8:30pm AEDT

He’s the most notorious of all Roman emperors. He burned Rome, he engaged in incest, and killed his mother, his wife and thousands of Christians. Hewas a psycho. But suppose it was all lies? What if the «crimes» he committed never happened, or were normal behaviour for a Roman emperor? Suppose his enemies decided to trash his reputation,and succeeded for two thousand years? Was Nero actually a hero, who took from the rich and gave to the poor? Historians, psychologists, criminologists and toxicologists are brought in as this documentary reopens a cold case. Together they reveal a complex web of lies, deflections and intrigues. Flashbacks and re-enactments encourage the viewer to explore theories that are suddenly undermined by unexpected twists. The result: a reassessment of Roman history. It’s time to re-examine the Nero Files.