Phaon (freedman)

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Phaon was an imperial freedman and confidant of the Roman emperor Nero.[1][2] He, with Epaphroditos, Neophytus and Sporus, took Nero to his own villa in the suburban area of Rome where the emperor would commit suicide subsequently.

An amphorae stamp was found with the inscrition "Phaontis | Aug(usti) l(iberti) a rat(ionibus)", which could mean he was the rationibus of Nero.[1]

It is unclear if he was a freedman of Nero or of Domitia Lepida, whose properties and patronal rights were transferred to Nero after her execution in 54. A "L. Domitius Phaion" is mentioned in an inscription.[1]

In fiction[edit]

Phaon appears in the film Quo Vadis (1951) as an architect of Nero, played by D. A. Clarke-Smith.


  • Gregory, A. P. (1995). "A study in survival: the case of the freedman C. Domitius Phaon". Athenaeum. Università di Pavia: 401–410. ISSN 0004-6574. 


  1. ^ a b c Weaver, Paul (2005). "Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik: Phaon, Freedman of Nero". RUDOLF/HABELT GMBH: 243–252. ISSN 0084-5388. JSTOR 20191993. 
  2. ^ Champlin, Edward (2005). Nero. Harvard University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-674-01822-8.