Nero had ascended to the Principate at the age of sixteen

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Nero had ascended to the Principate at the age of sixteen, and his mother Agrippina had assumed  that she would rule through him. She had several of her relatives killed in her aspirations and  paranoia, and aroused the severe dislike of Seneca and Burrus. Their efforts to get rid of her were  increasingly confused, and Claudius' son Britannicus was eventually killed in the jockeying for  position. While Seneca and Burrus controlled Nero to a degree, he feared his mother, and  decided to have her done in. First, she was driven from the palace. Later, in 59, the Princeps had  her over to dinner, and sent her home in a collapsing boat; rather than drowning, she swam to  shore on the boat's collapse. On shore, she was finally beaten to death by sailors on Nero's  orders. The Senate accepted Seneca and Burrus' cover-up.  In 59 CE, the real Nero stepped forward. Henceforth he totally neglected military and provincial 
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