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  Wikipedia: Rome
Rome was the seat of the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Rome soon became the capital city of the Papal States, the territorial entity ruled by the Papacy that would last until 1870, when Italy was unified by the former king of Sardinia.
Rome is today one of the most important touristic destinations of the world, due to its immense heritage of archaeological and artistic treasures, as well as for its unique traditions and the beauty of its views and its "villas" (parks).
www.factbook.org /wikipedia/en/r/ro/rome.html   (1478 words)

 Rome - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Rome's large number of automobiles has caused serious traffic congestion, and in the 1970s and 80s various attempts were made to deal with the problem, including the banning of traffic in certain parts of the city.
Among Rome's many palaces and villas the Farnese Palace (begun 1514) and the Farnesina (1508-11) are particularly famous; others, all dating from the 17th cent., are those of the great Roman families, the Colonna, Chigi, Torlonia, and Doria.
The history of Rome in the Middle Ages, bewildering in its detail, is essentially that of two institutions, the papacy and the commune of Rome.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-romei1t.html   (5755 words)

The seven hills of the ancient city are the Palatine, roughly in the center, with the Capitoline to the northwest and the Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine in an outlying north-southwest curve.
The age of Caesar was a great period in Roman culture, and the cosmopolitan Roman was considered the ideal.
In 1798 the French occupied Rome, deported the pope, and proclaimed Rome a republic.
www.orbilat.com /Encyclopaedia/R/Rome.html   (4424 words)

 SECRETS OF THE DEAD . The Great Fire of Rome . Clues & Evidence | PBS
Accounts of Nero's reaction to news of the fire portray him as rushing back to the city from Antium and personally joining in with the efforts of the fire brigades, in stark contrast to the image conjured by Tacitus.
Tacitus states that the fire was driven by a southeasterly wind.
Rome, of course, is famously known as the city of seven hills.
www.pbs.org /wnet/secrets/case_rome/clues.html   (921 words)

 Rome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Rome soon became the capital city of Papal States the territorial entity ruled by the Papacy that would last until 1870 when Italy was unified by the king of Sardinia.
After the war Rome continued to expand for a similar reason of increased number inhabitants (this time due to the development the state administrations and the progressive turning general national economy from mainly agricultural to industrial schemes) with the creation of new quartieri and suburbs; the current estimated number inhabitants is appr.
Rome is today one of the most touristic destinations of the world due to its heritage of archaeological and artistic treasures as as for its unique traditions and the of its views and its "villas" (parks).
www.freeglossary.com /Rome   (2342 words)

 The Burning of Rome, 64 AD
The debris from the fire was used to fill the malaria-ridden marshes that had plagued the city for generations.
He was in Rome during the great fire.
He returned to the city only when the fire was approaching the mansion he had built to link the Gardens of Maecenas to the Palatine.
www.eyewitnesstohistory.com /rome.htm   (932 words)

 Time traveller's guide to the Roman Empire
Most of Rome believes that Nero had the city set alight to make space for his grandiose building plans, and then tried to blame the Christians for the great fire that engulfed the capital of the empire.
In fact, there is no proof that the fire counts among his many iniquities, and there is some evidence that he helped organise relief efforts.
No matter: a man who has killed his mother, two wives and step-brother, not to mention countless thousands of other opponents, is not to be given the benefit of the doubt in the minds of many.
www.channel4.com /history/microsites/H/history/guide03/timeline17.html   (116 words)

 Great Fire of Rome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Two thirds of Rome was destroyed, including the Temple of Jupiter Stator and the hearth of the Vestal Virgins.
The only other account on the size of fire is an interpolation in a forged Christian letter from Seneca to Paul: "A hundred and thirty-two houses and four blocks have been burnt in six days; the seventh brought a pause." This account turns out to mean about a tenth of the city was burnt.
It was said by Tacitus that Nero viewed the fire from the tower of Maecenas, and exulting, as Nero said, "with the beauty of the flames," he sang the whole time the "Sack of Ilium," in his regular stage costume.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Great_Fire_of_Rome   (1677 words)

 Wikinfo | Rome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Rome (Italian and Latin Roma) is the capital city of Italy, and of its Lazio region.
The Vatican City State, a sovereign enclave within Rome, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and its ruler the Pope.
According to tradition, Rome was founded on April 21, 753 BC, by Romulus, who also killed his twin brother Remus in the process.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Rome   (2596 words)

 Syracuse Fire Fighters Association Local 280 IAFF   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Fire is still both friend and foe, but now the troops begin to get organized (literally).
Nero himself was thirty-five miles away from Rome, at his favorite seaside resort of Antium, at the time of the fire's outbreak, but he was a sufficiently shrewd politician to hasten back in order to be with his people.
Large fires were the milestones of history, and nearly every great city or civilization marked its progress from one or more of these "Great Fires".
www.syracusefire.com /history2.htm   (1369 words)

 SECRETS OF THE DEAD . The Great Fire of Rome | PBS
In a city of two million, there was nothing unusual about such a fire -- the sweltering summer heat kindled conflagrations around Rome on a regular basis, particularly in the slums that covered much of the city.
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.
Indeed, Tacitus was still a boy at the time of the fire, and he would have been a young teenager in 68 A.D., when Nero died.
www.pbs.org /wnet/secrets/case_rome   (681 words)

 Rome Unleashed - The Spread of Christianity
The harsh persecutions began in the 3rd Century when Christanity was well established (even among the ruling classes) but came to be seen as a threat to the state.
This included the first St. Peter's in Rome and the churches over the Holy Places of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, where Constantine's mother, Helena, claimed to have found the cross on which Christ was crucified.
Constantine became involved with the church and this led to a close tie between the state and the church, a tie that was to continue for centuries to come.
www.classicsunveiled.com /romeh/html/spreadchrist.html   (299 words)

 Television: Who Burned Rome?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The great fire of Rome in A.D. 64 and the question of the participation of the notorious emperor Nero and the city's mysterious early-Christian community in setting it is no exception.
Large fires occurred regularly in Rome, but clarifying the cause of the A.D. 64 blaze is complicated.
Two factions had both motive and opportunity to set the great fire: Nero, who wanted to create a grand new capital modestly named "Neropolis," and the Christian community, whose incendiary rhetoric had called for the burning of the city.
www.archaeology.org /0211/reviews/rome.html   (394 words)

The Great Fire of Rome began in 64 CE on the night of July 18th.
The fire started in the slums of Rome, but then went to the richer parts of Rome, even though they were separated by a wall.
The fire went on for six days, then died down, then came back up again.
faculty.trinityvalleyschool.org /carlsonb/ginsbure   (71 words)

Rome (Italian and Latin: Roma) is the capital of Italy and of its Latium region.
Rome was ruled by a series of Etruscans, however the tyranny of the last king saw his overthrow and the establishment of the Roman Republic in 509 BC.
Ancient Rome is buried under centuries of dirt and debris and this is a great place to see a fraction of it.
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 OOOO fire trivia and facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
After the great fire of Rome in AD64, the emperor Nero ostensibly decided to lay the blame on Christians residing in the city of Rome.
A musket fires by striking a hammer against a flint, which throws a spark onto the gunpowder, igniting it, and firing the bullet out the barrel.
Four fire ant species are found in Texas, three of which are native to the state.
www.funtrivia.com /Miscellaneous/Fire.html   (1225 words)

 Rob Williams' Blog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Meanwhile, OJ and Robert Blake walk, and yet we still debate the future of the 'court,' but not as it regards the dispensation of justice, just as a bellweather of which pack of fringe lunatics will have their way.
Great episode of Secrets of the Dead on the great fire of Rome in 64 AD.
The show begins with a bunch of archeologists and fire inspectors trying to decide whether the path of the fire indicated arson, and debating whether Nero or Tacitus was lying.
jroller.com /page/robwilliams?entry=christians_torched_rome   (242 words)

 Ancient History Sourcebook: Dio Cassius: Nero and the Great Fire 64 CE
Dio Cassius: Nero and the Great Fire 64 CE [Davis Introduction]:
The city of Rome was, for the most part, composed of very ill-built and inflammable insulae (tenement houses), and a blaze once under headway was almost impossible to check.
In any case, the burning of Rome was one of the famous events of the age; and it is likely enough that thugs and bandits pretended they had the Emperor's orders, when they spread the flames in the hope of getting new chances for plunder.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/ancient/diocassius-nero1.html   (828 words)

 The Great Fire of Rome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In a hot July summer of 64 A.D., a fire broke out near the Capena Gate (the marketplace near the Circus Maximus) and spread quickly across the entire Circus, and finally it was completely out of control, the fire destroyed nearly half of Rome.
The fire burned for nine days, leaving 10 out of its 14 regions in ruins, with the loss of many lives.
Nero decided that he would place the blame on scapegoats, because there was a dangerous rumor that Nero himself had ordered the fire in order to vandalize the capital city, and to free up space for his new building plans.
www.bible-history.com /nero/NEROThe_Great_Fire_of_Rome.htm   (368 words)

 Thirteen/WNET - Online Pressroom - Press Release
The fire rages for more than a week, appearing at times to take on a life of its own -- spontaneous bursts of flames erupt in city sections nowhere near each other.
Analyzing burnt remnants of the fire excavated by Italian archaeologist Clementina Panella, recreating the fire's path and impact on Rome's buildings and streets, and assessing the validity and accuracy of Roman documents, this episode offers up key pieces of the centuries-old puzzle and tries to identify the real cause of ancient history's most infamous fire.
GREAT FIRE OF ROME is a 3BM production for Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Channel 4 (U.K.).
www.thirteen.org /pressroom/release.php?get=252   (1629 words)

 Essential World Architecture Images- ROME- Roman Colosseum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Since that time, as a gesture against capital punishment, the local authorities of Rome change the colour of the Colosseum's night time illumination from white to gold whenever a person condemned to the death penalty anywhere in the world gets their sentence commuted or is released.
According to the current political division of the center of Rome, the Colosseum is placed in rione Monti.
Additionally, bird migration, flower blooming, and the growth of Rome that caused the Colosseum to not be on the outskirts of the city, as well as deliberate transport of species, are also contributing causes.
www.essential-architecture.com /ROME/RO-017.htm   (1670 words)

 Today in Technology History - Jul 18
He was a shallow, vain, gluttonous, incestuous murderer, who squandered the treasury of Rome on his wicked excesses.
Supposedly, Nero -- who wanted to be remembered as a great artist -- played his lyre and sang songs as the fire destroyed Rome's temples and tenements.
Other measures were taken for the further prevention of fire, such as requiring houses to have spaces between them, instead of adjoining walls.
www.tecsoc.org /pubs/history/2002/jul18.htm   (234 words)

 Christian Beginnings
Then, on their information, large numbers of others were condemned--not so much for starting fires as because of their hatred for the human race.
Dressed in wild animals' skins, they were torn to pieces by dogs, or crucified, or made into torches to be seton fire after dark as illumination....
If they persist, I order them to be led away for punishment; for whatever the nature of their admission, I am convinced that their stubbornness (contumacia) and unshakeable obstinacy ought to be punished.
www.csun.edu /~hcfll004/xtians.html   (654 words)

 Decline & Fall of Rome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Caligula had a promising start as emperor by cooperating with the Senate and announcing restoration of pensions, amusements and building projects.
Nero, at the age of 30, is finally forced to commit suicide when cornered by a combination of Senators and Praetorian Guards.
Rome descends into chaos and disorder after the death of Nero.
www.mccsc.edu /~rcourtne/Rome_3   (360 words)

 Daily Bible Study - Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned?
Nero is perhaps most famous for the great fire of Rome in 64 A.D. It started in the Circus Maximus before raging through the city for 9 days.
It is unlikely that Nero himself started the fire, as is popularly believed, because he was in Antium at the time.
The verb form of fiddle was what was originally meant about what Nero was doing when the great fire of Rome began; it later came to mean that he was playing the violin, which wasn't even invented in his time.
www.keyway.ca /htm2005/20051005.htm   (892 words)

 Daily Bible Study - Ancient Empires - Rome
The ancient Roman empire spanned the time period from about 145 B.C. to 476 A.D. At its peak, centered on Rome, and connected by a vast system of Roman Roads, it was one of the most extensive and powerful in all human history.
Roman Legions conquered and ruled a vast region throughout northern Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
born at Rome on September 23 63 B.C. died at Nola in Campania on August 19 14 A.D. at age 77 from an illness
www.keyway.ca /htm2002/emprome.htm   (704 words)

 Mexico: A Brief History - Part 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Rome founded by Romulus and Remus (according to legend).
City destroyed by Great Fire of Rome; Pompeii and Herculaneum destroyed by eruption of Vesuvius;
Construction of the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacán.
www.differentworld.com /mexico/common/pages/history.htm   (287 words)

 Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Rome
Rome, Greece and the East to 168 BCE [Modern Account][At Reed]
The Fire of Rome 64 CE [At IDBSU]
Pliny the Elder (23/4-79 CE): The Grandeur of Rome, c.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/ancient/asbook09.html   (3375 words)

 Nero and the Great Fire - History for Kids!
In the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero, in 64 AD, there was a great fire in the city of Rome.
Nero was out of town when the fire started, at his vacation house in the country.
Instead, Nero announced that he was going to take a lot of the land where the buildings had burned down and build himself a great big new palace there, called the Golden House.
www.historyforkids.org /learn/religion/christians/nero.htm   (446 words)

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