Once upon a time, in the ancient Roman Empire, there was an emperor named Nero. He was known for his infamous reputation and ruthless ruling, yet he was also known for his love for the arts, especially music, theater, and poetry.
One day, Nero decided to put his artistic talent to the test and organized a poetry contest in the city center. Many aspiring poets and writers came to show off their skills and compete for the grand prize. However, Nero, being the cunning emperor that he was, decided to rig the contest and declared himself the winner, even though his poem was far from being the best.
As the news spread among the people, they were outraged and started protesting against Nero’s tyranny. The more they protested, the more Nero became desperate to maintain his power and control over the empire.
In the end, Nero’s infamous rule came to an end as his own people revolted against him and he was forced to flee from the throne. However, he left his mark in history as the infamous emperor whose love for the arts was overshadowed by his ruthless rule and disregard for his people’s needs.
And that’s how, over the ages, the name Nero became synonymous with infamy and tyranny, and became a popular answer to the crossword clue “Infamous emperor.”