History has blamed Nero for the disaster, implying that he started the fire so that he could bypass the senate and rebuild Rome to his liking. He probably did, after all a nation of laws and over regulation stifles everything from people to industry, to trading.
Their system of government was called THE SENATE.
A group of politicians and lawmakers, all in one place, all playing power games.
On the other hand Nero was a progressive, or mad if you weren’t one of his supporters.
Someone wanted to rebuild, expand, make things better.
(Beginning to draw parallels with today are we??)
Only everything was contained within Rome and in modern life that ain’t the case.
So when you look at everywhere that isn’t doing very well in the civilised world, you’ll often find the label DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT plastered over its claim to fame. That and corruption, lethargy, and the rule of endless lawsssssssssssssssssss.
As such it will also have an extremely well entrenched system of law makers and judges.
They also stifle expansion, apply controls, affect freedoms, and of course muck up security.
Thus France, Germany (whose judiciary is called the banks), the Untied (not a typo) Kingdom, and the US are all suffering from LAW OVERLOAD.
So here’s Nero.
Bit busy that night playing the lyre to play with matches (good alibi) may have sent out a team of patriots loyal to him to move things along a bit. By targeting the city, he sort of cleared away the slums and probably got rid of a few officials who ‘accidentally’ got fried.
What was Nero guilty of?
Sidestepping planning permission I’d say.
So ultimately was he a bad man?
There is a foot note to all this and could be re- interpreted in the light of modern life.
Nero blamed the devastation on the Christian community in the city, initiating the empire’s first persecution against the Christians.
Thus a precedent was set right back on the 18 and 19 July, 64 AD.
Blame the other guy who at that time were regarded as subversive and terrorists.
Today, apart from a few fire raisers, the only religion that burns everything it touches, torches cities, destroys buildings and antiquities, and murders people wholesale:-
History teaching us important lessons I think.