On this day in history, June 9, 68... The Roman emperor Nero committed suicide, which brought to an end the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The civil war, known as the Year of the Four Emperors, followed. Nero is remembered as being one of the cruelest tyrants of all time. He was a perverse cross-dressing exhibitionist, had an incestuous sexual relationship with his mother, married his stepsister, murdered members of his own family, and for his persecutions of the Christians, they would remember him as the ultimate embodiment of evil: the antichrist.