Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Andrew Cain

Second Advisor

Sarah James

Third Advisor

Anne Lester


The plausible causes of Nero's infamous nature are explored through evidence gathered from numismatic imagery and historical accounts. His peculiar weight gain is of particular interest and investigated in relationship to possible Cushing's syndrome. His behaviors and physical descriptions from historians are investigated for possible causes of his notoriously maniacal legacy.