The day the Great Fire of Rome started – level 1

19-07-64 AD

It is July 19, 64 AD. A big fire starts in Rome. The fire starts in the shops. The weather is dry. There is wind. The fire jumps quickly to other buildings.

After nine days, the fire is finished. 70 percent of Rome is destroyed.

Nero is the emperor of Rome. People don’t like him. People start to think that Nero started the fire because he wanted space for his new big house.

Nero says that he didn’t start the fire. Nero says that Christians started the fire.

Difficult words: destroyed (very broken), emperor (a king of a big place), started (start in the past), wanted (want in the past), didn’t (don’t in the past), Christian (a person who believes in the ideas of Jesus Christ).

What evidence does Nero have to support his claim that Christians started the fire?


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