On July 18th 64 CE, a fire broke out in the Circus Maximus. The fire raged for six days and by the time the flames were finally extinguished, 10 of Rome’s 14 districts had suffered serious damage.
The fire came to be known as the Great Fire of Rome (Incendium Magnum Romae). While ancient historians blamed the infamous emperor Nero (r. 54-68) for the conflagration, most modern historians do not take this view.
And yet in Rome a pyromaniac is still known as a nerone (Nero in Italian).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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