Wednesday, July 1, 2009
While Rome Burned
Contrary to popular myth, Nero was actually out of town when Rome caught fire on July 1, 64 A.D. And despite subsequent accounts that he played his fiddle while the city burned, he actually rushed back to Rome and led efforts to put the fire out. In any case, he never played the fiddle; it was the lyre. Nero appears four times in A Book of Ages.