A big day in history: the Great Fire of Rome

Dominic Sandbrook explores what happened in Rome on 19 July AD 64

The Fire of Rome, by Hubert Robert (1733-1808). "It was the worst possible place for a fire to break out, and fear turned into outright panic," says Dominic Sandbrook.  Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

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