Monday, July 18, 2016

Rome Burns

Torches of Nero, by  Henryk Siemiradzki

On July 18 and 19, 64 A.D., the Roman city of Rome burned in what is now called the Great Fire of Rome. This is the fire where the Emperor Nero "fiddled while Rome burned." Several accounts blame him for the fire, including one in which he blames the fire on Christians living in the city, causing the city's first persecution of Christians.