Tacitus wrote an account of the great fire of Rome which occurred AD 64, which Emperor Nero blamed on the Christians
It is sometimes alleged that there is no evidence for Jesus Christ outside the pages of our New Testament. Fortunately, the informed Christian can easily address and disprove this misconception by becoming familiar with a few ancient sources and writers. In this post, we will see several important facts concerning Christ mentioned in a source outside of the Bible from Publius Tacitus, who was a Roman senator and historian.
Tacitus – The Annals – Book 15:
Such indeed were the precautions of human wisdom. The next thing was to seek means of propitiating the gods, and recourse was had to the Sibylline books, by the direction of which prayers were offered to Vulcanus, Ceres, and Proserpina. Juno, too, was entreated by the matrons, first, in the Capitol, then on the nearest part of the coast, whence water was procured to sprinkle the fane and image of the goddess. And there were sacred banquets and nightly vigils celebrated by married women. But all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor, and the propitiations of the gods, did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration was the result of an order.