Nero the Dog

This is a bust of the emperor Nero, displayed in Rome's Capitoline Museum. The man was a monster, once castrating a male slave in order to marry him. He was a persecutor of the early Christians and the emperor to whom the Apostle Paul appealed in the book of Acts. Nero may have slain him, we do not know. I once remember reading FF Bruce's introductory dedications in one of his commentaries:


Bearing in mind T.R. Glover’s comment on a Roman Emperor’s 

condemnation of the Apostle to the Gentiles –

– that the day

was to come when men would call 

their dogs Nero and their sons