Great Fire of Rome (02:48)
The fire burned the city for six days in 64 A.D. There was evidence that Nero did all he could to help control the fire and save lives, contrary to the legend stating otherwise.
Rebuilding Rome (07:06)
Instead of moving the capital, Nero began the biggest rebuilding program in history. The Roman invention of concrete made building easier, but the cost of the project was unprecedented.
Temple Robbers (06:08)
Nero took treasure from Rome’s temples to pay for rebuilding. His acts put him on a collision course with the Senate.
Assassination Plot (08:50)
The scale and true cost of Nero’s building project became clear nine months after the fire. Conspirators in the Senate continued to plot the emperor’s demise but were exposed by a slave named Milichus.
Nero and Poppaea (07:24)
Nero set about presenting his vision of an artistic empire. He announced he would perform at the biggest arts festival in Roman history. He later kicked his wife to death in a fit of rage.
Forced Suicides (06:46)
Nero’s building program was bankrupting Rome. The emperor gave wealthy aristocrats a choice to end their lives and leave their money to him or see their families eliminated.
Nero's Demise (12:01)
The governors of Gaul, Spain, and other territories rebelled against Nero. The emperor’s mental state had deteriorated and he assembled a bizarre army. The Senate declared him an enemy of the state and he committed suicide on June 9, 68 A.D.
Credits: Ancient Rome - The Rise and Fall of An Empire: Nero (01:07)
Credits: Ancient Rome - The Rise and Fall of An Empire: Nero
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