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Whatever responsibility he actually bore for the disaster, Nero deflected attention by blaming members of the fledgling Christian religion for the fire. He ordered all manner of creative and brutal persecutions: Some were condemned to be dressed in animal skins and torn apart by dogs, while others were burned to death in nighttime pyres that provided light for the emperors garden parties.
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Were you thinking that I had claimed that Nero never made torches out of Christians?
You really should pay closer attention.
Do you know the significance of being sewn into animal skins and torn apart by dogs? Maybe we can turn this into a learning experience.
Ripped from: http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/mosaic/ss/...
"When Actaeon, accompanied by his deer-hunting hounds, arrived at the spot where the goddess was about to bathe and saw her naked, she punished him by turning him into an antlered stag or, according to Pausanias, she put a deerskin -- pungent enough to attract dogs -- on him while he slept. In the version with a metamorphosis (yes, this transformation is one Ovid amply describes in Book III of his Metamorphoses), the newly created beast was scared and ran away, but then the dogs, searching for their beloved master, found him. Unfortunately for him, they recognized him only as their cervine prey and so, they tore him apart."