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Hamlet Soliloquy Glossary: Tis now the very witching time of night (3.2.380-391)

Nero (386)

The infamous Nero, Roman emperor from 54 to 68 A.D., is remembered primarily for his persecution of Christians and his involvement in the burning of Rome in 64 A.D. Nero murdered his mother who had poisoned her husband, Emperor Claudius, and Hamlet fears that anger might compel him likewise to harm his mother.

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Mabillard, Amanda. Hamlet Soliloquy Glossary. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2000. (date when you accessed the information) < >.

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