Warner, et al., comp. As is abundantly obvious, Tacitus’ quote provides a significant amount of corroboration for the New Testament. However, to relieve the people, driven out homeless as they were, he threw open to them the Campus Martius and the public buildings of Agrippa, and even his own gardens; and raised temporary structures to receive the destitute multitude. Richard Cavendish | Published in History Today Volume 64 Issue 7 July 2014 The inhabitants of Rome in the year 64 lived mostly in wooden houses and shacks, an easy prey to fire. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature. The fire erupted from a store where flammable items were stored and spread rapidly at night due to strong wind. Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. The open mall in the middle of the Forum remained, but it became a sort of shopping mall, a commercial center “built on the top of aristocratic Rome … so it’s the end, in a way, of the power of the aristocracy in Rome.”. the beginning of the Julian dynasty, in Tacitus the fire of Rome under Nero turns into a negative end to history, in which the new foundation that emerged from the ashes of Troy and found its culmination in Augustan Rome is itself reduced to rubble by the last … It is towards Rome that the most lurid light is generally directed. Tacitus states that the fire was driven by a southeasterly wind. share. The fire was so fierce that it took six days to control it. Yet modern technology seems to prove otherwise. Before they become too intense, flames burning the replica of a Roman senator’s home are extinguished. C.D. Of the early Roman emperors, Nero alone rivalled Caligula in his reputation for sheer unbridled viciousness. The Great Fire of Rome was a devastating fire in AD 64. Professor Gerhard Baudy of the University of Konstanz in Germany has spent 15 years studying ancient apocalyptic prophecies. Archaeologist Andrea Carandini provides the most convincing evidence to corroborate the implication of Tacitus — that Nero circumvented the senate by burning Rome so he could build his palace. “Everything was destroyed,” he says. It could not however be stopped from devouring the palace, the house, and everything around it. This was the long-desired objective of all the people who felt subjugated by Rome.”. Rome, of course, is famously known as the city of seven hills. After the Great Fire of Rome occurred in 64 AD, it was rumored that Nero ordered the fire to clear space for a new palace. Baudy believes that, bearing this prophetic date in mind, some of … Tacitus states that the fire was driven by a southeasterly wind. In 64 A.D., Sirius rose on July 19, the very day the great fire of Rome began. Hence, even for criminals who deserved extreme and exemplary punishment, there arose a feeling of compassion; for it was not, as it seemed, for the public good, but to glut one mans cruelty, that they were being destroyed. Inside a fire chamber, fire specialists created a replica of an aristocrat’s home in the hope of determining whether such an abode could have been set ablaze by a small, wood-fueled fire. Nero was proclaimed emperor in 54 AD at the age of 16. In 64 CE Rome underwent a catastrophic fire, which some believed had been set at the orders of the emperor himself. His rule has commonly been associated with impulsiveness and tyranny. ... Tacitus explains that the fire started in the Circus region near the Caelian and Palatine Highlands of Rome. The great fire of Rome breaks out and destroys much of the city on this day in the year 64. As many as 100 minor fires broke out in Rome every day, so it’s quite feasible that such a fire evolved into the one that leveled the city. In the meantime, Nero’s reign soon crumbled. The “disease” spread all the way to Rome and had a large enough following to receive blame for the great fire. “The seven heads are seven mountains,” Revelations says. Copy link. His leading adviser, Seneca, was discharged and forced to commit suicide.