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Tacitus thinks Nero welcomed the decision since it gave the senate s imprimatur to his subsequent atrocity, the destruction of his spouse Octavia. forty four Nero divorced Octavia in sixty two so one can marry Poppaea. even if ‘no fault’ divorce used to be the rule of thumb, Nero desired to end up adultery as a way to have her dowry forfeited less than the lex Julia de adulteriis. yet regardless of the simplest efforts of Tigellinus a case couldn't be concocted opposed to her, and he or she retained her dowry. yet Octavia remained an issue. She used to be the focus of a Claudian foyer that didn't absolutely settle for the assumption of a united Julio-Claudian dynasty. Nero had her got rid of to Campania lower than armed shield, yet this sparked off a wave of well known demonstrations. Nero now redoubled his efforts to convict Octavia of adultery. Anicetus, commander of the fleet at Misenum, used to be suborned to make a perjured declare of adultery with Octavia, including that she had performed it which will win over his fleet for the Claudian reason. Armed with ‘proof’ of adultery compounded through a possibility to utilitas publica, Nero banished Octavia to Pandateria. After a number of days she got an order to die, which issues to a penal innovation—deportation for the aim of being positioned to dying, doubtless simply because secrecy was once crucial. forty five Octavia protested that she used to be now not Nero’s spouse, merely his sister, however the squaddies certain her and opened her veins. however the blood flowed too slowly, and so they placed her in a sizzling bathtub and suffocated her. Her head was once bring to an end and brought to Poppaea. forty six Tacitus observes in disgust that thanksgivings have been voted. He asks his readers to take it with no consideration in destiny that at any time when an emperor ordered a banishment or a homicide thank you got to the gods (TA 14. sixty four. 5). yet this can be in simple terms the end of the iceberg, for the remedy of Octavia encouraged the main designated feedback of punitive coverage that we own. it's within the tragic mode instead of the comedian, being expounded in Octavia, the single extant instance of Roman ancient drama. The play is attributed to 89 NERO AND THE STOICS Seneca,47 yet back the cardinal truth is that it unearths public opinion, whoever the writer was once. There are a few recollections of Seneca. The thinker is likely one of the dramatis personae and advises Nero to healing his worry of usurpers by means of clemency: magnum timoris remedium dementia est. Nero replies that destroying an enemy is a better advantage, to which Seneca responds that for the pater patriae to avoid wasting voters is larger nonetheless (442–4). In respond to Seneca’s injunction to offer simply instructions appropriate to public opinion, Nero replies that recognize for the sword will cause them to applicable (459– 61). He indicates his familiarity with Seneca’s series of treatments (De ira 1. 15–16) through stating that exile has now not damaged Faustus and Rubellius, and it's now time for the sword. The climax is Nero’s determination to regard Octavia as a hostis. whilst Burrus baulks on the proposal of placing Octavia to demise and Nero takes him to activity for sparing a hostis, Burrus asks, with ideal good judgment, how a lady may be referred to as a hostis.