"Nero fiddled while Rome burned." Who of you have NOT heard that story? Who of you have ever questioned the validity of that fable? Utter rubbish - pure propaganda, void of all truth!
Suetonius and Cassius Dio, two of the Senate elite and opposers of Nero, were the ones that started this rumour. Nero could not have started the fire, nor could he have `fiddled', and drank wine while watching the fire.
In the first place, records show that Nero was in Antium meeting with a number of ambassadors from Greece and Judea at the time.
Secondly, Nero could not have played the fiddle. There was no such musical instrument in Rome during the 1st century.
Thirdly, Nero was allergic to any vine product. A single drop of wine would have killed him within minutes. (He actually committed suicide by drinking a cup of wine a few years later.)
What has this to do with the Christian myth you ask?
At the time the Jews, the Krestons (also spelled `Chrestians'), were at virtual war with Rome. The followers of Jesus, the Paulines and the Hasatan sided with Rome against the Jews. Why would Nero attack his allies? He did NOT. Proof came to the fore that the Jews (Chrestians) had started the fire in an act of deliberate sabotage. Bear in mind that six years later Rome had no option other than to attack and destroy Jerusalem. The resulting persecution and prosecution of the Jews was twisted three hundred years later by the Christians to make it seem that they, the Christians, had been unfairly persecuted by Pagans in order to justify their vicious and bloodthirsty attack and destruction of the Pagan culture.
The records of Tacitus tell the actual story. The Jews not only set fire to Rome, they attacked and murdered Roman citizens while the Roman soldiers were engaged in attempting to douse the flames.
Stories of how Nero threw Christians to the lions in the Colosseum are also nothing other than lies. Construction of the Colosseum began in 72 under Emperor Vespasian and was only completed in 80 during the rule of Titus. This was more than a decade after the death of Nero. These stories, incidentally, only began to surface in 1749 when Pope Benedict XIV issued a Papal Bull declaring the need for the Christian faith to `find' more `holy sites' for the Church.