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Metrum 6: A famous example of wickedness unimproved by attaining supreme power. Meter: Sapphic hendecasyllable (- u - x - u u - u - -). The great fire at Rome of A.D. 64; rumors of an imperial arsonist were spread by well-placed citizens. quantas dederit ruinas: indirect question; the subject is the relative clause (lines 3-7). urbe . . . caesis: ablative absolute. patribus: "senators." fratre interempto: Tiberius Claudius Caesar, son of Claudius, murdered by his adoptive brother in A.D. 55. matris effuso . . . cruore: ablative of means with maduit. Refers to the murder of Agrippina in 59 A.D.: the rumor that the murderous son cast a coolly appraising eye over his mother's corpse is repeated by Tacitus ( Ann. 14.3ff), but neither endorsed nor scotched by him.