Dating the book of revelation
How did the general public react to the respective deaths?With Nero there was "widespread general rejoicing" as "citizens ran through the streets wearing caps of liberty." A few oddballs still supported Nero, but not many.If written in Domitian's reign, then Revelation offers nothing for the preterist at all.External Testimony After due consideration of the leading work proposing a pre-70 date for Revelation (Gentry's Before Jerusalem Fell, 45-107) I have been surprised to find so far that the external evidence points slightly to a pre-70 date; but there is nevertheless a great deal of conflicting evidence.Late in his reign Domitian did a few irrational things of relevance -- executing a boy because he looked and performed like an actor Domitian disliked; had an author executed, and his secretarial slaves crucified, for putting some allusions into a literary work; put Senators to death for conspiracy; put another person to death for wanting to celebrate a previous Emperor's birthday. His various irrationalities made him hated and feared everywhere.
As for being a tyrant, let Suetonius (The Twelve Caesars) tell the story.
Let's have a look at the people who mention Revelation first and tell us more about when it was written. We encountered Irenaeus last in our consideration of the date and authorship of Luke.
Irey also had something to say about Revelation, but it was not as clear as what he said about Luke: We will not, however, incur the risk of pronouncing positively as to the name of the Antichrist; for if it were necessary that his name should be distinctly revealed in this present time, it would have been announced by him who beheld the apocalyptic vision. Domitianists (as we will call late-daters) naturally say it was the vision, but Ireneaus presents some ambiguities.
What Irenaeus seems to be indicating is that John was still making public appearances until the time of Domitian, but withdrew from public discourse (due to his advanced age, no doubt) and then lived until sometime in Trajan's reign.
At the very least Irenaeus's evidence is ambiguous and open to interpretation.