World History Minute: The Great Fire Of Rome

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The Torches of Nero, by Henryk Siemiradzki Wikimedia Commons
great fire of rome
The Torches of Nero, by Henryk Siemiradzki Wikimedia Commons

World History Minute: The Great Fire Of Rome

On July 18, A.D. 64, a fire broke out in Rome. Small fires were frequent but this fire spread rapidly and looting began to engulf the city. It became known as the “Great Fire.” Historian John Schmidt recalls what happened.