Drawing on her immense scholarship, unique viewpoints and myth-busting take on Roman history, classics professor Mary Beard offers a definitive series on the Roman Empire. Travelling the globe from Spain to Iran, Egypt to Scotland, and Tunisia to Greece, she answers the big questions: how and why did it happen? Beard takes us to the most telling sites and the most revealing artifacts, from the remnants of Roman ships at the bottom of the sea to letters miraculously preserved on ancient papyri. She examines the legacy the Roman Empire has left behind, not just its technology and buildings, its roads and laws, but also in the worlds that came afterward.
Air Date: October 02, 2016 - 59:02
In the fourth and final episode, classics professor Mary Beard tackles the biggest puzzle of all: Why, and how, did the Roman Empire fall?
Air Date: September 25, 2016 - 59:03
What did it mean to be or to become Roman, and how did the very different parts of the empire react to Roman rule?