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Fires in Ancient Rome

Fires in Ancient Rome

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Rome fires sat at the core of Roman culture as well as at the pole extremes of good and bad: The goddess Vesta was the goddess of the hearth, one of the earliest and most sacred divinities. Her flame was always kept alive in the Forum. At the other extreme fires were a regular threat to the city. The Great fire of Rome in 64AD, at the time of Nero, actually set off an unending slippery slope of inflation. Fire, fire services, and building regulations were enforced. Even now we can see part of the Imperial Forum with fire proof walls on the side towards the fire-prone “suburra” district of the city.


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