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May 26, 2014 at 2:37 pm
Note how Tacitus’ tortuous syntax here seems to underline and suggest the progress of the fire. The confusion is similarly echoed in the human reactions of the following passage.
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May 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm
Given the preceding description, any Roman reader would draw an obvious conclusion, viz. that the fire was a divine punishment.
May 26, 2014 at 2:07 pm
Given Thrasea’s beliefs, the whole paragraph could be a subtle reminder of that Republican libertas which had been lost; note the use of three different words for law.
September 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm
You may know the excellent Nero episode (from the BBC series ‘Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire), which begins with the aftermath of the fire.
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