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Watched a documentary about him a little while back.  Researchers think the fire that consumed Rome was caused by a firestorm due to the very high winds, dry conditions during July and the ineffectiveness of people responsible to fight the fire.  Also looters and arsonist may had help to spread the fire. Nero simply seized on the opportunity to rebuild that palace on steroids by which lead to his downfall.  He did help the displaced citizens in several ways.

Yes he was a ruthless dictator but very unlikely he was responsible for the fire itself.  We need to take into account any stories true or false that were spread after his death - have to blame someone. 

Like to add history repeated with the great London and Chicago fires by which a small fire can become an inferno very quickly.

Rome 64 AD

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London 1666

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Chicago 1871

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1 hour ago, Vautrin said:

And the fiddle did not exist in 64 AD.

Hail Mary.

 

"Nero fiddled while Rome burned" is an expression (figure of speech) which has a double meaning: Not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis.

The Roman historian Tacitus wrote that Nero was rumored to have sung about the destruction of Troy while watching the city burn however, he stated clearly that this was unconfirmed by eyewitness accounts. Again what could Nero do facing a firestorm?

Shows how gossip even can affect history and the facts.

Is great for jokes though.

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17 hours ago, hamradio said:

"Nero fiddled while Rome burned" is an expression (figure of speech) which has a double meaning: Not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis.

The Roman historian Tacitus wrote that Nero was rumored to have sung about the destruction of Troy while watching the city burn however, he stated clearly that this was unconfirmed by eyewitness accounts. Again what could Nero do facing a firestorm?

Shows how gossip even can affect history and the facts.

Is great for jokes though.

 

Yes, it has been around for centuries I guess. I think most people heard it and just assumed it

was true. It does make a good story. Yes, fiddle can also mean to act ineffectually, but most of

the times I have seen it referenced it was meant literally, yes Nero was actually playing a fiddle.

Oh well.

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