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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Dando-Collins Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781455198702
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In 64 AD, on the night of July 19, a fire began beneath the stands of Rome’s great stadium, the Circus Maximus. The fire would spread over the coming days to engulf much of the city of Rome. From this calamity, one of the ancient world’s most devastating events, legends grew: that Nero had been responsible for the fire, and fiddled while Rome burned, and that Nero blamed the Christians of Rome, burning them alive in punishment, making them the first recorded martyrs to the Christian faith at Rome.

The Great Fire of Rome opens at the beginning of 64 AD and follows the events in and around Rome as they unfold in the seven months leading up to the great fire. As the year progresses we learn that the infamous young emperor Nero, who was twenty-six at the time of the fire, is celebrating a decade in power. Yet the palace is far from complacent, and the streets of Rome are simmering with talk of revolt.

Dando-Collins introduces the fascinating cavalcade of historical characters who were in Rome during the first seven months of 64 AD and played a part in the great drama. Using ancient sources, as well as modern archaeology, Dando-Collins describes the fire itself and its aftermath, as Nero personally directed relief efforts and reconstruction.

The Great Fire of Rome is an unforgettable human drama that brings ancient Rome and the momentous events of 64 AD to scorching life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dando-Collins takes readers inside ancient Rome and its political intrigues that unfold alongside a momentous human drama.”

    Washington Times

  • “A fine addition to any history collection focusing on the time of antiquity.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “[A] totally interesting book…You will learn the many secrets and the scandals that surround this most mysterious of historical event.”

    Lone Star

  • “Dando-Collins vividly recreates one of history’s most famous events…Drawing heavily upon the conflicting accounts of the fire and Nero’s rise and demise in the works of Roman historians Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio, historian Dando-Collins energetically recreates the days leading up to the fire, the conflagration itself, and the subsequent decline of Nero’s fortunes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “John Lescault’s narration is clear and crisp; he has good pacing and expression, and his voice is likable…This program will interest anyone who wants to know the real story of the sad, deluded, and sometimes vicious last of the Caesars.”


  • “Surprisingly little nonfiction exists for a general audience about the Great Fire of Rome…Dando-Collins fills this gap with an exciting, novelistic account of the fire that remains solidly grounded in the primary source literature…This book will appeal to general Roman history buffs and students with its fast pacing and dramatic content. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 11/25/2011

    " Good book. It was not really all about the great fire but it did give you an interesting insight into Nero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rpaustenbaugh | 8/8/2011

    " Not a bad read, focuses on the life of Nero. Found it somewhat surprising that Nero though generally despicable, did do some good as emperor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Tom | 10/24/2010

    " I liked Caesars Legion a little better but this one is great too. I read them years apart but I think I liked it better than I Claudius. "

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About the Author

Stephen Dando-Collins is an Australian-born historian and award-winning author who has spent more than three decades studying the individual legions of the Roman army of the late Republic and the empire of the Caesars. He is the author of many books on Rome and its most famous citizens.

About the Narrator

Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.