Today, July 18, 64 AD: Rome Burns

Two thousand years ago, Rome was the dominant force in the entire world, much like America used to be sixty years ago. The very idea of a Roman invasion sent fear throughout the invaded lands.

Life in Rome was good if you were wealthy or part of the government. With affluence came lives of luxury which required more and more things beyond normal to satisfy their abundant leisure time. That time was soon filled with drinking, gluttony, a variety of sexual perversions and even murder and treachery.

Vomitoriums were built where the elite went to eat such exotic foods as hummingbird tongues. At the vomitoriums, the wealthy would force themselves to vomit in order to keep gorging themselves on an ending supply of exotic foods.

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Wild parties and orgies also filled their leisure time. It wasn’t uncommon for siblings to have sex with each other, parents with their kids, men with other men and women with other women.

During this time of affluent decadence, most of the leaders and powerful men and women forgot about the things that made Rome strong and affluent. The great Roman armies began to weaken as did many of Rome’s outposts and defenses. Some among the prestigious Praetorian Guard became disillusioned and unpaid for their services.

On this day, July 18, 64 AD, the affluent decadence of Rome caught up with itself and a fire was started that ended up burning much of Rome to the ground. At the time, Rome was divided into 14 districts, three of which were completely destroyed by the fires and seven others were severely damaged.

The fires reportedly started in the poorer slum district in the south of Rome and spread north into the rest of the city. The fires raged on for three days, killing hundreds and perhaps thousands.

Some at the time blamed Christians for starting the fires and a program of revenge was launched. Some blamed German soldiers who had managed to approach Rome without being detected. Some historians blamed a leader in the Praetorian Guard who was paid to start a fire for insurance purposes, but no one really knows who, how or why the fires were started, but the effect of the fires were huge.

In reading about the condition of Rome leading up to the infamous fires reads like a modern account of America. Rome’s leadership allowed their defenses to be weakened. Barack Obama has reduced American’s defenses to lowest levels they’ve been in nearly a century and many of our enemies have been laughing at Obama and the US. Rome’s moral standards were gutted and replaced by open sexual perversion, homosexuality, incest and more, just like America has done in the past few decades.

Unlike the Rome city state, physical fires won’t destroy America, but the same moral decadence that weakened Rome and led to its destruction is sure to lead to the same type of destruction of America unless changes are made very soon.


Sources for the above includes: Decadence, Rome and Romania, the Emperors Who Weren’t, and Other Reflections on Roman History; Nero’s Rome Burns; The Burning of Rome, 64 AD; The Great Fire of Rome; The Great Fire of Rome

Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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