So I’ll live up to my blog’s name and look up all the ancient roman terms/references I noticed in #455 AD. I won’t mention any plot stuff here, but it may somewhat spoil you. Keep in my mind that this is basically just wikipedia stuff.
the i dream of jeannie graves/credence AU i didn’t want to write a whole fic for because it’s pretty crack-y but then i wrote all of this, anyway. it’s ~1600 words of sort of summary almost not!fic. (there’s also mentions of grindelwald/dumbledore)
ok, so captain percival graves, united states air force, is on some kind of a test space flight when his one-manned capsule comes down, nowhere near the planned recovery area. in fact, he’s pretty sure he’s landed on an uninhabited island. a desert island. he checks his capsule but he can’t send an sos back to base. he can only hope his tracker was working long enough that a rescue team will come get him. while he’s exploring the beach, he sees a strange bottle. it’s beautiful and, curious as to how it got there, he picks it up.
as soon as he does, black smoke comes billowing out and he drops the bottle. the smoke materialises into the form of a young man, and graves wonders if he hit his head when he crashed. the man is wearing a black velvet vest, cropped and edged in gold. his chest is otherwise bare, dusted with dark hair, the vest barely concealing dusky nipples…graves shakes his head. he needs some water. but his eyes drift back to the impossible man. his pants are sheer, and graves’s face heats as he notes the shapely legs barely concealed beneath them, all the way up to…and he sighs in relief, and MAYBE the slightest disappointment, when there are solid briefs giving at least a modicum of modesty. all in all, he looks like a…
the young man’s eyes snap to his and he tilts his head. he starts speaking in a language graves can’t understand and graves rubs his eyes vigorously. the man is still there when he opens them, babbling away. ‘i wish you could speak english,’ graves says and the next minute the man says, ‘oh, thank-you, master, now you can understand me,’ in perfect english.
Agron fortunately did not have an overnight which meant, he came into the morning refreshed. And it was fortunate for that, as he had a meeting with a teacher coming in who wished to arrange a field trip for her students. Agron’s superior had told him to greet her warmly, and to take her on a quick tour of the place as well as go over basic protocols. Things that they would not have time to explain when there was a classroom full of children.
Further fortune was upon them, as the day was fairly quiet. So when a woman walked towards the station, the door to the garage portion opened, Agron immediately approached her. “Hi. You must be Turia.” Who else would come midday to the fire station. He extended his hand politely her to shake. “I’m Agron. I’ll be the one giving the tour to your students.” When they came on the designated date.
The Partisans were spread all over the world, originating in the Middle East, but now nearly everywhere. They thought themselves the protectors, the guardians of the world, but with the responsibility of protecting, came the responsibility of pruning. They were responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001, for the Chicago Fire, for World Wars I and II, for the American Civil War, for the French Revolution, for the American Revolution, even for the Great Fire of London and the sacking of Rome. Some said they had an insane, twisted love of the survival of the fittest and the evolution of mankind and shouldn’t be taking the fate of the world into their own hands. Others believed they did the world great a great service in all of this.
Saw Gerrera was head of the Great Britain Division.
On this day in 64 AD, a fire began in the merchant area of Rome and soon swept across the rest of the famed city. The fire burned for six days, and destroyed much of Rome in the process. Some have claimed, though it is debated, that the infamously insane Emperor Nero failed to do anything to control the fire and merely ‘fiddled while Rome burned’. It has not yet been determined whether the fire was caused by accident or arson, but it has been suggested that Nero began the fire himself and made Christians a scapegoat. Indeed, after the fire Nero did take the opportunity to blame the devastation on Rome’s Christian population, thus beginning one of the most intense and prolonged persecutions of the period - the so-called Neronian persecution. However, modern scholars have begun to doubt this old story of Nero’s role in starting the fire.
Sometimes the only way to fight a conspiracy theory that’s about you is to make up your own conspiracy demonizing some other group. In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome ravaged the city, and after the flames were extinguished, the peasants started sharpening their pitchforks and pointing fingers. The popular rumor was that the emperor himself, Nero, had started the fire for shits and giggles, because he was the type of crazy that eats crickets and plays the fiddle while people are burning to death.
That rumor has survived to modern times, and we’ve already discussed how it’s bullshit (not only had the fiddle not been invented yet, but Nero was probably not even in Rome at the time). But the Romans of the era didn’t have access to Google, so once they caught wind of the idea that Nero was responsible, ideas of revolution started to foment among the masses. The only way Nero could effectively counter this rising sentiment was to create a scapegoat, so he cunningly announced that the Christians had started the fire, providing the answer millennia before Billy Joel asked the question.
The Great Fire of Rome was an urban fire that started on the night between 18 and 19 July in the year 64 CE.
According to Tacitus, the fire spread quickly and burned for six days. Only four of the fourteen districts of Rome escaped the fire; three districts were completely destroyed and the other seven suffered serious damage. The only other contemporaneous historian to mention the fire was Pliny the Elder, who wrote about it in passing. Other historians who lived through the period (including Dio Chrysostom, Plutarch and Epictetus) make no mention of it. The only other account on the size of fire is in a forged Christian letter from Seneca to Paul: “A hundred and thirty-two houses and four blocks (insulae) have been burnt in six days; the seventh brought a pause”. This account implies less than a tenth of the city was burnt. Rome contained about 1,700 private houses and 47,000 insulae or tenements.
It was said by Cassius Dio that Nero, the emperor at the time, sang the “Sack of Ilium” in stage costume as the city burned. However, Tacitus’ account has Nero in Antium at the time of the fire. Tacitus said that Nero’s playing his lyre and singing while the city burned was only a rumor.
The Great Fire of Rome was an urban fire that started on the night between 18 and 19 July in the year 64 AD. It caused widespread devastation before being brought under control after six days. Differing accounts either blame Emperor Nero for initiating the fire or credit him with organizing measures to contain it and provide relief for refugees.
At least five separate stories circulated regarding Nero and the fire:
Motivated by a desire to destroy the city, Nero secretly sent out men pretending to be drunk to set fire to the city. Nero watched from his palace on the Palatine Hill singing and playing the lyre.
Motivated by an insane whim, Nero quite openly sent out men to set fire to the city. Nero watched from the Tower of Maecenas on the Esquiline Hill singing and playing the lyre.
Nero sent out men to set fire to the city. Nero sang and played his lyre from a private stage.
The fire was an accident. Nero was in Antium.
The fire was caused by Christians.
The population fled first to areas unaffected by the fire and then to the open fields and rural roads outside the city. Looters and arsonists were reported to have spread the flames by throwing torches or, acting in groups, to have hindered measures being made to halt or slow the progress of the flames.
this day in 1945, Chancellor of Germany Adolf Hitler issued his
‘Demolitions on Reich Territory Decree’. This action came towards the
end of World War Two as the Allied forces led by the Soviet Union,
United States and United Kingdom, made further advances into Germany.
One of the last actions of his dictatorship, this decree called for the
destruction of German infrastructure in order to impede the Allied
advance; Hitler intended for the enemy to find only 'scorched earth’.
Due to Hitler’s readiness to sacrifice Germany in order to put up
obstacles for the Allies, this action was compared to the infamous Roman
Emperor Nero who supposedly orchestrated the Great Fire of Rome in 64
AD. Some have suggested Hitler intended for the German population to be
destroyed as punishment for losing the war, and to ensure there would be
no Germany after National Socialism. The decree was, luckily for
Germany, not implemented by his disillusioned subordinates. Hitler was
unable to enforce it, as he was soon confined to his bunker and killed
himself just 42 days after issuing the Nero Decree. It represents
Hitler’s last desperate actions, and his willingness to destroy the
Germany he supposedly loved.