Nero and the Great Fire of Rome A Live 'Emperors of Rome' Podcast

Nero and the Great Fire of Rome A Live 'Emperors of Rome' Podcast
'The Fire of Rome' by Hubert Robert - Wikimedia commons

On the night of 18 July, 64 CE, a fire broke out in the Circus Maximus at Rome. The conflagration raged for nine days, destroying or damaging ten of the city’s fourteen regions.

Was the fire just a terrible accident? Or was it deliberately lit, either by dissident Christians or by the emperor Nero, who allegedly sang while Rome burned?

In this live recording of the award-winning Emperors of Rome podcast, Caillan Davenport and Matt Smith explore one of history’s most famous whodunits.

A collaborative event between the Centre for Classical Studies in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

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Date & time

Tue 12 Apr 2022, 6.30pm


Sir Roland Wilson Building, 1.02 Conference Room


Dr Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies, ANU), Mr Matt Smith (La Trobe University)


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