Emperor Nero Rome is said to have fiddled while Rome burned for six days in the year 64 AD, but most historians believe this is just a legend. This legend is thought to have originated from the fact that Nero was 35 miles (56.33 km) away playing music at his villa, even after hearing the news of the fire; however, the fiddle had not been invented at the time of the Great Fire. Some people accused Nero of setting the fire that destroyed most of Rome so he could build a bigger palace for himself, and his lack of immediate response could have been interpreted as “fiddling around” and not offering relief. It is not known conclusively what started the fire.
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