On This Day Nero’s Great Fire UBC #18

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On this day, July 18, 64 there was the Great Fire of Rome that began under Emperor Nero.


Nero is a Roman Emperor formally named Nero Claudios Caesar Augustus Germanicus, who is the last in the Julio-Claudian Dynasty.

Nero was born December 15, 37 in Antium, Italy and died at the age of 30 by assisted suicide on June 9, 68.

For a bit of background on Nero, he enjoyed theatre, music and horse racing a child and young man. He became Emperor when his mother, Agrippina murdered Claudius so her son can sit on the throne. She also poisoned Claudius’ son Britannicus to endure there would be no challenge to the throne. Agrippina’s karma came into play when her son, Nero did not want to be controlled by his mother, so he began making his own decisions and forced his mother int retirement in 56 AD.


Nero, started off as a fair and just ruler by giving the Senate more independence by ending secret trials. He banned capital punishment, reduced taxes and allowed the slaves to sue unjust owners. He even provided assistance to cities that had suffered disasters, gave aid to the Jews and established open competitions in poetry, drama and athletics.


But, things began to change when Nero’s dark side emerged. He had an impulse for simple extravagance, he seduced married women as well as young boys. He even went so far as to castrate and marry a male slave. To make matters worse, he would wander the streets murdering innocent people randomly.


But, wait, there’s more. Nero finally committed a vital sin by killing his mother claiming that she was plotting to kill him. When in reality Nero tried to kill his mother in a previous attempt and failed. She made it to safety but Nero sent soldiers with the lie to make sure she was killed. Matricide is a great sin and crime.


Nero’s karma came with the Great Fire of Rome, which lasted for six days and seven nights. Ten of Rome’s fourteen districts and any homes, shops and temples were destroyed. Tacitus wrote the following to address Nero’s immorality set the stage for Rome facing a series of bad omens: “Unlucky birds settled on the Capitol, houses dell in numerous earthquakes and the weak were trampled by the fleeing crowd.” Nero offered houses to those affected by the fire, but the people refused due to the behavior of Nero during the fires. It was rumored that he was singing while Rome burned.


After the fire Nero became an uncontrollable tyrant, with his mother murdered and his tutor Seneca retired, there was no one to stop him. In 65 AD, a freed slave named Epicharis, asked a dissatisfied officer who had access to Nero, to kill the Emperor. The officer betrayed Epicharis and captured her, she killed herself, rather than give up the names of her associates.


Nero panicked and doubled his security and had his tutor along with a large population of people to be executed or to kill themselves. Shortly after this tyranny, Nero was declared Public Enemy Number 1 and anyone could kill him without punishment. Nero fled the country and killed himself. He left no heirs and the Roman Empire was up for grabs because she no longer had a leader. A civil war began shortly after this for Rome.

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