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An ordinary play about Emperor Nero19 November 2009 Basically this is a four act play based on the life of Nero beginning with his ascension to the throne and ending with the great fire of Rome. Nothing truly amazing on the scale of Bernard Shaw, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. However, I must admit that I do prefer Shakespeare's standard of a five act play, and while it ended at the great fire, this is not the whole story of Nero, and a final act could have been added which dealt with the aftermath of the fire and his eventual downfall. Further, it is difficult to call this play a tragedy. It does not deal with a fatal flaw (and Nero did have fatal flaws) nor does it end badly. It ends with him accepting that the great fire was punishment for his murder of his mother, though there are suggestions that he planned the fire so that he could rebuild Rome. Obviously there is still a lot of scholarly debate as to whether Nero was the cause of the fire or not, but my understanding is that while he did not start the fire, he did not act to stop it, and one of the reasons is that because he wanted to remodel Rome. There is the saying that Nero fiddled while Rome burned, and it may have been more entertaining if he was actually playing a fiddle at the time.