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Rome, London, Chicago, San Francisco - Finanncial Redevelopment.

Instant redevelopment agency. Just add fire... Easy on the water.

Rome Burns. Nero rebuilds imperial & financial center. Includes animated short film.

Perhaps the most infamous of Rome's emperors, Nero Claudius Caesar (37-68 A.D.) ruled Rome from 54 A.D. until his death by suicide 14 years later. He is best known for his debaucheries, political murders, persecution of Christians and a passion for music that led to the probably apocryphal rumor that Nero “fiddled” while Rome burned during the great fire of 64 A.D.

Emperor Nero Blames the Christians for the fire, then rebuilds: The Artist and the Fire

Following his mother's death, Nero gave himself fully to his longstanding artistic and aesthetic passions. At private events beginning in 59, he sang and performed on the lyre and encouraged members of the upper classes to take dancing lessons. He ordered public games to be held every five years in Rome and trained as an athlete himself, competing as a charioteer. His most lasting artistic legacy, though, was his re-creation of Rome following the fire that destroyed most of the city.

Early in the morning of June 19, 64 a blaze broke out in the shops around the Circus Maximus and quickly spread throughout the city. Over the next nine days, three of Rome's 14 districts were destroyed and an additional seven were severely damaged. Several classical sources place Nero on the roof of his palace during the fire, dressed in stage garb and singing from the Greek epic "The Sack of Ilium." Rumors quickly circulated that the emperor had started the fire to clear land for an expanded palace complex on the Palatine Hill.

Whatever responsibility he actually bore for the disaster, Nero deflected attention by blaming members of the fledgling Christian religion for the fire. He ordered all manner of creative and brutal persecutions: Some were condemned to be dressed in animal skins and torn apart by dogs, while others were burned to death in nighttime pyres that provided light for the emperor’s garden parties.

London Burning Business Standard.
Deepak Lal / Aug 20, 2011 / London.
London has burnt many times during its history (see Violent London: 2,000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts by Clive Bloom) ...

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