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The Great Fire of Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins
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May 09, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: scholarly-works, teaching-resources
Read from May 09 to 12, 2011

Read via inter-library loan.
Like Dando-Collins' other works on Roman history, this is a wonderfully readable history of Nero's reign, focused especially on the Great Fire and its aftermath. Dando-Collins gives a fairly unbiased view of Nero (which seems remarkably sympathetic, but only in contrast to the usual, completely negative view). I caught at least one slip-up (where the Second Triumvirate is referred to as the First) - and his theory that the references in Tacitus referring to Nero's persecution of "Christians" is actually a later, Christian re-tooling of passages originally referring to persecution of followers of Isis is brilliantly articulated and convincing, though I'd like to know more about the scholarly consensus on such a theory (if any).
Definitely worth reading, and one I hope to acquire for myself eventually.

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