However, there is a modern day equivalent in which none of its story is myth.
In today's 21st Century Rome, also known as The United States of America, a modern Caesar-wannabe by the name of Barack Obama has been the overseer and person partly responsible for the horrendous fire of joblessness and economic debt that is consuming the life-giving oxygen of growth, stability and morale of the nation.
Unlike his counter-part in Rome this leader isn't mythically playing the fiddle as his nation burns but is literally playing golf.
On Saturday, August 4, 2012, to celebrate his 51st birthday, Mr. Obama played his 104th round of golf in just under four years in office as President of the United States. While his nation and empire crumbles around his feet of clay this President's highest ambition is to score a hole-in-one.
The most prolific golfing President in American history was Dwight D. Eisenhower. In his entire eight years as President he hit the links a total of 88 times. He served during a time of financial prosperity and relative world peace and stability. Mr. Obama has been in office less than four years, rules a nation in near economic collapse, oversees an economy and housing market in decline second only to the Great Depression for its volatility, and is leader of the free world at a time of multifple wars and calamity and yet he somehow finds the time to vigorously campaign for a second term and get in a staggering, unprecedented, grand total of 104 rounds of golf.
Perhaps that helps explain some of the reasons why the United States still finds itself in such a sorry state of affairs after nearly four years of this man at the helm.
I think it's time for a change. Hopefully, a non-golfer.