Descriptionbeautiful black and gray graphic bust of rome's most notorious ruler, NERO. Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (15 December AD 37–9 June AD 68), born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, also called Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus, was the fifth and last Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Nero was adopted by his great uncle Claudius to become heir to the throne. As Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, he succeeded to the throne on 13 October 54, following Claudius's death.Nero ruled from 54 to 68, focusing much of his attention on diplomacy, trade, and increasing the cultural capital of the empire. He ordered the building of theaters and promoted athletic games. His reign included a successful war and negotiated peace with the Parthian Empire (58–63), the suppression of the British revolt (60–61) and improving relations with Greece. The First Roman-Jewish War (66–70) started during his reign. In 68 a military coup drove Nero from the throne. Facing execution, he committed suicide on 9 June 68.Nero's rule is often associated with tyranny and extravagance. He is known for a number of executions, including those of his mother and adoptive brother, as the emperor who 'fiddled while Rome burned' and as an early persecutor of Christians. This view is based upon the main surviving sources for Nero's reign—Tacitus, Suetonius and Cassius Dio. Few surviving sources paint Nero in a favorable light. Some sources, though, including those mentioned above, portray him as an emperor who was popular with the common Roman people, especially in the East. The study of Nero is problematic as some modern historians question the reliability of ancient sources when reporting on Nero's tyrannical acts.
Earl Ferguson, beckley Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement hi, my name is earl ferguson, and i live in beckley, west virginia. i've been a professional graphic artist since i graduated from the art institute of pittsburgh in 1985. i worked for revolutionary comics (publisher of rock-n-roll comics) as a cover artist for years. i've done etchings on monuments, mostly specializing in full color portraits. i'm the official artist for the coal classic for which i do portraits for all the guest speakers which has included ( larry bird, dr. j, john elway, terry bradshaw, among many others)
i work full time as a graphic artist for a large screenprinting company while free lancing for other companies and publishers, such as doing clipart for digital solutions in tempe, az.
alot of my recent work reflects my love for ancient history, mostly rome and greece. most of my clipart is done in my comicbook style. i enjoy almost anything creative which has lead me to try many challenges such as designing basketball courts, statues, balloons, logos, portraits, billboards and banners, alittle of everything really.
i hope everyone will enjoy my prints and thank you for stopping by my gallery.