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The death of Emperor Nero

Posted in Anniversary, History on Sunday, 30 May 2010

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picture The Great Fire of Rome

The Great Fire of Rome, illustrated by James E. McConnell

9 June is the anniversary of the death of the Roman Emperor Nero, famously said to have fiddled while Rome burned, although the fiddle did not exist in 1st century Rome. After becoming Emperor in 54 AD, Nero proved to be a tyrant, also known for his extravagance; he also promoted trade and diplomacy, built theatres and promoted athletics.

Nero faced rebellion over his tax policies and lost control of Rome as his friends and even guards abandoned him. He committed suicide in 66 AD.

picture Bust of Nero

A bust of Nero

More pictures of Nero and the Great Fire of Rome can be found here. A great many more images of ancient Rome can be seen by following this link.

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