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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 64 AD


July 18: The Great fire of Rome begins in the merchant area of Rome and soon burns completely out of control, while Emperor Nero allegedly plays his lyre and sings as he watches the blaze from a safe distance. There is no hard evidence to support this claim: fires were very common in Rome at the time. The fire destroys close to one-half of the city and it is officially blamed on the Christians, a small but growing religious movement. Nero is accused of being the arsonist by popular rumor.
July 19: Circus Maximus in Rome catches fire

-- Phoenicia becomes part of Syria. Precise date unknown.
-- The Kushan sack the town of Taxila (modern Pakistan area). Precise date unknown.
-- The First Epistle of Peter is written. Precise date unknown.
-- Seneca proclaims the equality of all men, including slaves. Precise date unknown.
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