Terrified, shrieking women, helpless old and young, people intent on their own safety, people unselfishly supporting invalids or waiting for them, fugitives and lingerers alike - all heightened the confusion. Although mainly description, it also incorporates pathos. Organize, by. Two thirds of Rome had been destroyed. on. So did others, who had failed to rescue their loved ones. But before panic had subsided, or hope revived, flames broke out again in the more open regions of the city. He effectively appealed to emotions, created vivid images, and told stories to move the readers on his side, making his point. Three were leveled to the ground. Tacitus uses the rhetorical strategies of pathos, description, and narration as ways to help him persuade readers to believe his point. Here there were fewer casualties; but the destruction of temples and pleasure arcades was even worse. The following eye witness account comes from his final work The Annals written around the year 116. During his lifetime he wrote a number of histories chronicling the reigns of the early emperors. During the reign of the Emperor Trajan, Tacitus was made Governor of Western Anatolia. According to the Roman historian Suetonius, Nero sang and played the lyre while Rome burned. The Great Fire of Rome The city burned on 18 July AD 64. When they escaped to a neighboring quarter, the fire followed - even districts believed remote proved to be involved. Torches, too, were openly thrown in, by men crying that they acted under orders. Harps are playing and Nero's people singing while the city burns. Everyone thought that Nero had started the fire so that he could rebuild a more beautiful city, including his Golden House. When people looked back, menacing flames sprang up before them or outflanked them. Finally, with no idea where or what to flee, they crowded on to the country roads, or lay in the fields. This new conflagration caused additional ill-feeling because it started on Tigellinus' estate in the Aemilian district. Then it climbed the hills - but returned to ravage the lower ground again. including his palace.