It may be interesting to note here that Nero truly is thanking Greece for the outstanding generosity they showed him. Nero traveled to Greece not only to compete in the Olympic games, but to also the Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian games which included not just sports, but theater productions, music, and art. In a remark by Suetonius, a Roman historian, he stated that during one particular show that featured Nero singing a son, "no one was allowed to leave, even for the most urgent reasons. And so it was that some women gave birth there, while some feigned death to be carried out." Or in other words, as an act of generosity, the people of Greece endured Nero's less than ideal performances and knowing this, Nero was extremely thankful.


Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, 1944, pp. 282-283