Meet The Romans

October 2014

Ep3 - Behind Closed Doors

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Behind Closed Doors - In the final episode, Mary Beard delves even deeper into ordinary Roman life by going behind the closed doors of their homes. She meets an extraordinary cast of characters - drunken housewives, teenage brides, bullied children and runaway slaves - and reveals a dynamic, lusty picture of Roman family life. Finally, Mary paints a more nuanced picture of Roman slavery and asks why if it was such a brutal institution did many Romans choose to be buried with their servants - li...

Ep2 - Streetlife

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Streetlife - Professor Mary Beard descends into the city streets of ancient Rome to discover the dirt, crime, sex and slum conditions in the world's first high-rise city. This Rome is not the marble Rome we know, but a vast, messy metropolis with little urban planning, where most Romans lived in high-rise apartment blocks with little space, light, or even sanitation. Mary looks at the Forum as a place of gamblers, dentists and thieves, and she explores the lustiness of Roman bar life and jokes....
September 2014

Ep1 - All Roads Lead To Rome

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All Roads Lead to Rome - We still live in the shadow of ancient Rome - a city at the heart of a vast empire that stretched from Scotland to Afghanistan, dominating the West for over 700 years. In this three-part series, Professor Mary Beard puts aside the stories of emperors and armies to meet the real Romans living at the heart of it all. In the first episode, Mary asks not what the Romans did for us, but what the empire did for Rome. She rides the Via Appia, climbs up to the top seats of the ...