Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century
Decades: 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s - 60s - 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s
Years: 59 60 61 62 63 - 64 - 65 66 67 68 69
- In Rome, persecution of early Christians begins under Roman Emperor Nero.
- July 18 - Great fire of Rome: A fire begins to burn in the merchant area of Rome and soon burns completely out of control while Emperor Nero reportedly plays his lyre and sings while watching the blaze from a safe distance. The fire destroys close to one-half of the city in and is blamed on the Christians; a small but growing religious movement.