The Great Fire of Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins audiobook

The Great Fire of Rome: The Fall of the Emperor Nero and His City

By Stephen Dando-Collins
Read by Patrick Cullen

Blackstone Publishing 9780306818905
8.94 Hours Unabridged
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In 64 AD, on the night of July 19, a fire began beneath the stands of Rome's great stadium, the Circus Maximus. The fire would spread over the coming days to engulf much of the city of Rome. From this calamity, one of the ancient world's most devastating events, legends grew: that Nero had been responsible for the fire, and fiddled while Rome burned, and that Nero blamed the Christians of Rome, burning them alive in punishment, making them the first recorded martyrs to the Christian faith at Rome. The Great Fire of Romeopens at the beginning of 64 AD and follows the events in and around Rome as they unfold in the seven months leading up to the great fire. As the year progresses we learn that the infamous young emperor Nero, who was twenty-six at the time of the fire, is celebrating a decade in power. Yet the palace is far from complacent, and the streets of Rome are simmering with talk of revolt. Dando-Collins introduces the fascinating cavalcade of historical characters who were in Rome during the first seven months of 64 AD and played a part in the great drama. Using ancient sources, as well as modern archaeology, Dando-Collins describes the fire itself and its aftermath, as Nero personally directed relief efforts and reconstruction. The Great Fire of Romeis an unforgettable human drama that brings ancient Rome and the momentous events of 64 AD to scorching life.

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In 64 AD, on the night of July 19, a fire began beneath the stands of Rome's great stadium, the Circus Maximus. The fire would spread over the coming days to engulf much of the city of Rome. From this calamity, one of the ancient world's most devastating events, legends grew: that Nero had been responsible for the fire, and fiddled while Rome burned, and that Nero blamed the Christians of Rome, burning them alive in punishment, making them the first recorded martyrs to the Christian faith at Rome.

The Great Fire of Romeopens at the beginning of 64 AD and follows the events in and around Rome as they unfold in the seven months leading up to the great fire. As the year progresses we learn that the infamous young emperor Nero, who was twenty-six at the time of the fire, is celebrating a decade in power. Yet the palace is far from complacent, and the streets of Rome are simmering with talk of revolt.

Dando-Collins introduces the fascinating cavalcade of historical characters who were in Rome during the first seven months of 64 AD and played a part in the great drama. Using ancient sources, as well as modern archaeology, Dando-Collins describes the fire itself and its aftermath, as Nero personally directed relief efforts and reconstruction.

The Great Fire of Romeis an unforgettable human drama that brings ancient Rome and the momentous events of 64 AD to scorching life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dando-Collins takes readers inside ancient Rome and its political intrigues that unfold alongside a momentous human drama.” Washington Times
“A fine addition to any history collection focusing on the time of antiquity.” Midwest Book Review
“[A] totally interesting book…You will learn the many secrets and the scandals that surround this most mysterious of historical event.” Lone Star
“Dando-Collins vividly recreates one of history’s most famous events…Drawing heavily upon the conflicting accounts of the fire and Nero’s rise and demise in the works of Roman historians Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio, historian Dando-Collins energetically recreates the days leading up to the fire, the conflagration itself, and the subsequent decline of Nero’s fortunes.” Publishers Weekly
“John Lescault’s narration is clear and crisp; he has good pacing and expression, and his voice is likable…This program will interest anyone who wants to know the real story of the sad, deluded, and sometimes vicious last of the Caesars.” AudioFile
“Surprisingly little nonfiction exists for a general audience about the Great Fire of Rome…Dando-Collins fills this gap with an exciting, novelistic account of the fire that remains solidly grounded in the primary source literature…This book will appeal to general Roman history buffs and students with its fast pacing and dramatic content. Recommended.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Stephen Dando-Collins

Author Bio: Stephen Dando-Collins

Stephen Dando-Collins is an Australian-born historian and award-winning author who has spent more than three decades studying the individual legions of the Roman army of the late Republic and the empire of the Caesars. He is the author of many books on Rome and its most famous citizens.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.94
Audience: Adult
Language: English