Thursday, June 09, 2011

On This Day in Ancient History - Nero's Suicide

On this day in ancient Rome, the Vestal Virgins made special salted cakes for the Vestalia, and so the day became a bakers' and millers' holiday. It was also the day the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, Nero, committed suicide, leading to a year of political chaos until the Flavians came to power as the second imperial dynasty.

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