Sextus Afranius Burrus

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Sextus Afranius Burrus
Born 1
Gallia Narbonensis, Vasio
Died 62
Allegiance Roman Empire
Years of service 50 AD – 62
Rank Praetorian prefect
Commands held Praetorian Guard

Sextus Afranius Burrus (1 - 62), Praetorian prefect, was advisor to Roman Emperor Nero and, together with Seneca the Younger, very powerful in the early years of Nero's reign.[1]

Agrippina the Younger chose him as Prefect in 51 to secure her son Nero's place as Emperor after the death of Claudius. For the first eight years of Nero's rule of the Roman Empire he and Nero's former tutor Seneca helped maintain a stable government. Burrus acquiesced to Nero's murder of Agrippina the Younger but lost his influence over Nero anyway. He died in 62, some say from poison. [1]

The Roman cognomen "Burrus" is the Latin version of the name Pyrrhus, king of Epirus.


Government offices
Preceded by
Lusius Geta and Rufrius Crispinus
Praetorian prefect
Succeeded by
Faenius Rufus and Gaius Ophonius Tigellinus