The Great Fire of Rome
The Fall of the Emperor Nero and His CityAudiobook on MP3 CD - 2010
On a warm summer night in 64 C.E., a small fire broke out in a Roman shop; fanned by winds, the fire spread quickly, destroying huge parts of the city. The emperor, Nero, an accomplished lyre player and singer, was in Antium for a singing competition, and when news of the fire reached him, he reluctantly set sail for home. Nero announced an ambitious rebuilding plan, with bounties for landowners who completed reconstruction of buildings on their land in a prescribed period. Nero also planned for wider streets, which made him unpopular with many. Seeking to assign blame for the fire, Nero settled on the priests of Isis, persecuting them at public festivals. This drew the ire of Nero's critics, who believed the emperor himself had set the fire. Nero spent the last four years of his life in seclusion.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, p2010
Branch Call Number: TB 937.07 DAN NVD
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (ca. 9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Fall of the emperor Nero and his city