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Book XII Chapter 58: Marriage of Nero and Octavia[AD 53]
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|In the consulship of Didius Junius and Quintus Haterius, Nero, now sixteen years of age, married Octavia the emperor's daughter. Anxious to distinguish himself by noble pursuits, and the reputation of an orator, he advocated the cause of the people of Ilium, and having eloquently recounted how Rome was the offspring of Troy, and Aeneas, the founder of the Julian line, with other old traditions akin to myths, he gained for his clients exemption from all public burdens. His pleading too procured for the colony of Bononia, which had been ruined by a fire, a subvention of ten million sesterces. The Rhodians also had their freedom restored to them, which had often been taken away, or confirmed, according to their services to us in our foreign wars, or their seditious misdeeds at home. Apamea too, which had been shaken by an earthquake, had its tribute remitted for five years.