Emperor Nero Liked To Watch Gladiator Battles Through Polished Gems

Nero Gladiators

INTERESTING EYEWEAR FACT: It has been said that Nero, one of the most reviled of all the Roman Emperors (ruling from 54 to 68 AD), liked to watch gladiator matches through polished gems in order to create an interesting visual effect with the different colours and distorted angles. As horrific as that sounds, it is still better than one of his other past times, namely burning Christians in his garden at night for a source of light.