Afrānius Burrus, Sextus

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Equestrian procurator of Livia Drusilla, Tiberius, and Claudius, came from Narbonensis (see gaul (transalpine)). As favourite of Iulia Agrippina, he was appointed sole praetorian prefect by Claudius in ad 51 and retained his post under Nero. He was Nero's adviser for many years, and, with Seneca the Younger, was responsible for the first period of Nero's government. In 59 he managed Nero's relations with the public after the murder of his mother. He opposed Nero's divorce from Claudia Octavia, which took place only after his death in 62. That he was poisoned is asserted by Suetonius and Cassius Dio, but regarded by Tacitus as unproven.

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