posted on Apr, 18 2013 @ 06:44 PM
Originally posted by Limbo
"Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus is alleged to have played his fiddle while Rome burned to the ground. Nero did watch Rome burn on the
hot night of July 18, 64 B.C. But he didn't fiddle - at least not with a violin - because the instrument had yet to be invented. This apocryphal tale
persists, however, because it captures moments when imperial governments are caught looking the other way when things get hot. "
The idea that Nero fiddled while Rome burned is odd. But a mad tyrant who preferred to play music rather than offer succor to his people isn't
unbelievable, and Nero was unquestionably cruel. The myth is busted, however, when one realizes that the violin wasn't invented for another 1,500
years after the fire. In other words, it's impossible that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. So where did this idea come from?
One explanation is that Nero actually did consider himself a serious musician. While he certainly didn't play the fiddle -- since it was not yet
invented -- Nero did play another stringed instrument, the harp-like cithara
I suppose the fiddle sounded better than "Cithara" even though there is an account Nero was not playing during the fire... He was so well hated
anything they could say to make him worse than he already was stuck....
Nero rushed back to the city when news of the fire reached him at his palace at Antium, on the outskirts of Rome. The historian Tacitus, who was a
boy in Rome during the blaze, provides accounts of the steps Nero took in the midst of the fire. The emperor himself coordinated fire fighting efforts
on the first night. He also opened the public buildings and his own gardens as temporary shelter for homeless residents. Nero imported grain from
nearby cities and supplied his citizens with food at a fraction of the normal cost. End Quote:
Fiddling can also mean that a person is expending energy on something useless or misguided and many felt it beneath an emperor to join in musicals and
plays with the commoners.... So as usual we can not believe everything we hear or