What is the worst fire started by arson?



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    When you say “worst,” we must first understand what criterium you would deem to be the worst: the amount of people, animals, or trees killed, or something more? For this reason, there would be numerous answers, all of them correct.

    While the loss of all life is terrible and wretched to consider, there is another criterium: the loss of knowledge. The Library at Alexandria was considered the greatest of Libraries, destroyed (most likely) accidentally by Julius Caesar’s troops.

    Yet for me, the worst fire started by an arsonist was the burning of the temple of Diana in the city of Ephesus in the year 356 BCE. Why was this so heinous a crime? Because the perpetrator, Herostratus, did it simply to make his name in history. He was sadly successful.

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