Archaeologist andrea carandini provides the most convincing evidence to corroborate the implication of tacitus — that nero circumvented the senate by burning rome so he could build his palace. We are not certain of tacitus' duties during and after his praetorship, but in 93 bc he was away from rome, perhaps in command of a legion as a legate (syme 1967, p68) tacitus held the consulship in 97 ad, and thus reached the top tier of the senatorial, as distinct from imperial, government. Written by publius cornelius tacitus lived in rome when the roman empire was still a large power born in ad 56, died in ad 117 the burning of rome. The great fire of rome was an urban fire that started on the night between 18 and 19 july in the year 64 ad it caused widespread devastation before being brought under control after six days.
He immediately commandeered huge portions of rome's scorched earth to erect one of the biggest, most opulent palaces in all the known world it's known as the domus aureaor the golden house. In 64ad, much of rome is destroyed by fire tacitus implies nero's depravity angered the gods nero blames the fire on the christians in 65ad, a large conspiracy forms to kill nero, but it is betrayed and the many conspriators executed. Tacitus was a young boy living in rome during the time of the persecutions therefore, to stop the rumor [that he had set rome on fire] , he [emperor nero] falsely charged with guilt, and punished with the most fearful tortures, the persons commonly called christians, who were [generally] hated for their enormities.
Tacitus on the christians marble bust of nero: british museum but all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor (nero) and the propitiations of the gods, did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration (burning of rome in 64 ad) was the result of an order (given by nero. In the annals of imperial rome, his last and greatest work, tacitus (ad c55-c117) covers the period from ad 14, just before the death of augustus, to the death of nero in ad 68 not all the passages have survived, but in those that have the depth and diversity of genius are manifest from a. Perhaps the most infamous of rome's emperors, nero claudius caesar (37-68 ad) ruled rome from 54 ad until his death by suicide 14 years later in what the roman historian tacitus.
About the annals of imperial rome his last work, regarded by many as the greatest work of contemporary scholarship, tacitus' the annals of imperial rome recount with depth and insight the history of the roman empire during the first century ad. Nero and the burning of rome nero very few surviving ancient sources give favourable impression of him, he is said to have had his mother, adoptive brother and first wife octavia executed, and, most famously of all, played his fiddle while the ancient city of rome was burning to the ground. Much of what is known about the great fire of rome comes from the aristocrat and historian tacitus, who claimed that nero watched rome burn while merrily playing his fiddle.
This is freely admitted by the historian tacitus: even though nero was out of rome when the fire started, a rumour spread that the emperor had sung of the destruction of troy from his palace stage. The burning of rome itself is well attest ed, by both literary and physical evidence but no one seems to have ever known christians were in any way connected with it, until late in the 4th century but this is only true if one first assumes tacitus and suetonius aren't referring to christians. Tacitus (56-117) studied rhetoric in rome and rose to eminence as a pleader at the roman bar in 77 he married the daughter of agricola, conqueror of britain, of whom he later wrote a biography, agricola.
When the fire was finally extinguished six days later, 10 of rome's 14 districts were burned ancient historian s blamed rome's infamous emperor , nero, for the fire one historian said nero was playing the fiddle while his city went up in flames. While using the writings of tacitus, suetonius and dion cassius as a source for his story, sienkiewicz tends to exaggerate every aspects of nero's personality and actions he appears as a cruel, infantile, crazy and perverted individual the book also designates nero as the sole culprit for the burning of rome. Tacitus, the annals of imperial rome rarely will two or three tribes confer to repulse a common danger accordingly they fight individually and are collectively conquered.