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Disclaimer: I'm a theist but not of the Abrahamic faiths. I have minor biblical scholar and scriptural skills. Also I am not a scientific/legal
or medical expert in any field. Beware of my Contagious Memes! & watch out that you don't get cut on my Occams razor.All of this is my personal
conjecture and should not be considered the absolute or most definitive state of things as they really are. Use this information at your own risk! I
accept no liability if your ideology comes crashing down around you with accompanying consequences!
Explanation: You ask and I quote "Who are the great Satanists that have started hospitals, orphanages, helped the poor, the sick, the widows, etc.?
Anyone have a list?"...and although I don't possess a list [thanks for inspiring me
], I do have a single suggestion and that is the Roman
], who it has been suggested was the person referred to as bearing the number of the
beast [i.e.#666] [LINK
I post the following information from the 1st wiki link...
Over the course of his reign, Nero often made rulings that pleased the lower class. Nero was criticized as being obsessed with being popular.
Nero began his reign in 54 by promising the Senate more autonomy. In this first year, he forbade others to refer to him with regard to enactments, for
which he was praised by the Senate. Nero was known for being hands-off and spending his time visiting brothels and taverns during this period.
In 55, Nero began taking on a more active role as an administrator. He was consul four times between 55 and 60. During this period, some ancient
historians speak fairly well of Nero and contrast it with his later rule.
Under Nero, restrictions were put on the amount of bail and fines. Also, fees for lawyers were limited. There was a discussion in the Senate on the
misconduct of the freedmen class, and a strong demand was made that patrons should have the right of revoking freedom. Nero supported the freedmen and
ruled that patrons had no such right. The Senate tried to pass a law in which the crimes of one slave applied to all slaves within a household. Nero
vetoed the measure. After tax collectors were accused of being too harsh to the poor, Nero transferred collection authority to lower commissioners.
Nero banned any magistrate or procurator from exhibiting public entertainment for fear that the venue was being used as a method to sway the populace.
Additionally, there were many impeachments and removals of government officials along with arrests for extortion and corruption. When further
complaints arose that the poor were being overly taxed, Nero attempted to repeal all indirect taxes. The Senate convinced him this action would
bankrupt the public treasury. As a compromise, taxes were cut from 4.5% to 2.5%. Additionally, secret government tax records were ordered to become
public. To lower the cost of food imports, merchant ships were declared tax-exempt.
Nero's abandoned Corinth canal
Nero built a number of gymnasiums and theaters and had performers dress in Greek clothing. Enormous gladiatorial shows were held. Nero also
established the quinquennial Neronia. The festival included games, poetry and theater. Historians indicate that there was a belief that theater was
for the lower-class and led to immorality and laziness. Others looked down upon Greek influence. Some questioned the large public expenditure on
In 64, Rome burned. Nero enacted a public relief effort as well as significant reconstruction. A number of other major construction projects occurred
in Nero's late reign. Nero had the marshes of Ostia filled with rubble from the fire. He erected the large Domus Aurea. In 67, Nero attempted to have
a canal dug at the Isthmus of Corinth. Ancient historians state that these projects and others exacerbated the drain on the State's budget.
The economic policy of Nero is a point of debate among scholars. According to ancient historians, Nero's construction projects were overly
extravagant and the large number of expenditures under Nero left Italy "thoroughly exhausted by contributions of money" with "the provinces
Modern historians, though, note that the period was riddled with deflation and that it is likely that Nero's spending came in the form of public
works projects and charity intended to ease economic troubles."
So Nero was sorta a nice bloke if you weren't a Christian or a Hebrew!
Personal Disclosure: I will post my list to you in u2u when I've got 9 more as 10 seems to be a large enough population for you to possibly accept
and for me to be able to provide relatively quickly. Please u2u me asap if this is not acceptable.