Treasures Of Ancient Rome

January 2016

S1 Ep3 - The Empire Strikes Back

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The Empire Strikes Back - In the final episode, Alastair Sooke charts the decline and fall of the Roman Empire through some of its hidden and most magical artistic treasures. He travels to Leptis Magna in Libya shortly after the overthrow of Gaddafi and finds one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world and the cradle of later Roman art. Sooke discovers glorious mosaics which have never been filmed before, but also finds evidence of shocking neglect of Libya's Roman heritage by the Gadda...

S1 Ep2 - Pomp And Perversion

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Pomp and Perversion - Alastair Sooke follows in the footsteps of Rome's mad, bad and dangerous emperors in the second part of his celebration of Roman art. Alastair dons a wetsuit to explore the underwater remains of the Emperor Claudius's pleasure palace and ventures into the cave where Tiberius held wild parties. He finds their taste in art chimes perfectly with their obsession with sex and violence. Sooke also looks at the remarkable legacy of the Emperor Hadrian, who gave the world the magn...

S1 Ep1 - Warts 'n' All

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Warts 'n' All - In this three-part series, Alastair Sooke takes an in-depth look at the art of the Roman Empire. Alastair traces how the Romans during the Republic went from being art thieves and copycats to pioneering a new artistic style - warts 'n' all realism. Roman portraits reveal what the great names from history, men like Julius Caesar and Cicero, actually looked like. Sooke also explores the remarkable artistic legacy of Pompeii before showing how the emperor Augustus used the power of...