Nero Coin Photo © Trustees of the British Museum, produced by Natalia Bauer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
In Rome, the Vestal Virgins made special salted cakes for the Vestalia, and so the day became a bakers' and millers' holiday.
The Parthians under Surena defeated Crassus at Carrhae, as Ovid relates:
Lest festivals delight the crowd's hearts completely:Dio Cassius says this is when Romans first saw silk in the form of Parthian banners ["Silk Roads or Steppe Roads? The Silk Roads in World History," by David Christian; Journal of World History, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring, 2000), pp. 1-26 ].
Crassus, near the Euphrates, lost the eagles, his army,
And his son, and at the end himself as well.
The goddess said: 'Parthians, why exult? You'll send
The standards back, a Caesar will avenge Crassus' death.'
A. S. Kline translation of Ovid's Fasti
It was also the day the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, Nero, committed suicide, leading to a year of political chaos until the Flavians came to power as the second imperial dynasty.