Calpurnius Pīsō, Gāius

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The figurehead of the great conspiracy against Nero in ad 65, had been exiled by Gaius (1), who compelled his wife to leave her husband in favour of himself and then accused the pair of adultery. Under Claudius, Piso became suffect consul, but he showed no real ambition. He lived in magnificent style and was one of the most popular figures in Rome, with his charming manners and oratorical gifts, which he put at the service of rich and poor alike. Already in 62 he was suspect to Nero's advisers, but in the actual conspiracy he proved a futile leader, and after its betrayal thought only of suicide.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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