Rome Is Burning: Nero and the Fire That Ended a Dynasty (Turning Points in Ancient History)
Drawing on new archaeological evidence, an authoritativehistory of Rome's Great Fire—and how it inflicted lasting harm onthe Roman EmpireAccording to legend, the Roman emperor Nero set fire to hismajestic imperial capital on the night of July 19, 64 AD andfiddled while the city burned. It's a story that has been told formore than two millennia—and it's likely that almost none of it istrue. In Rome Is Burning, distinguished Roman historianAnthony Barrett sets the record straight, providing a comprehensiveand authoritative account of the Great Fire of Rome, its immediateaftermath, and its damaging longterm consequences for the Romanworld. Drawing on remarkable new archaeological discoveries andsifting through all the literary evidence, he tells what is knownabout what actually happened—and argues that the disaster was aturning point in Roman history, one that ultimately led to the fallof Nero and the end of the dynasty that began with JuliusCaesar.Rome Is Burning tells how the fire destroyed much ofthe city and threw the population into panic. It describes how italso destroyed Nero's golden image and provoked a financial crisisand currency devaluation that made a permanent impact on the Romaneconomy. Most importantly, the book surveys, and includes manyphotographs of, recent archaeological evidence that shows visibletraces of the fire's destruction. Finally, the book describes thefire's continuing afterlife in literature, opera, ballet, andfilm.A richly detailed and scrupulously factual narrative of an eventthat has always been shrouded in myth, Rome Is Burningpromises to become the standard account of the Great Fire of Romefor our time.