House on Fire

Definition

Theater

  • A play produced in Rome during the reign of Nero (54 - 68AD), which combined drama with the era's love of spectacle.During one scene, a house filled with valuable furniture and otheritems was set on fire and the actors allowed to keep any piece theydared to rescue.

    Notoriously, much of the city itself was destroyed in 64 AD by a fire allegedly started by the emperor, who is said to have recited the Greek play Sack of Ilium and played his lyre while enjoyingthe spectacle.

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