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Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit episode 4

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit episode 4: In the fourth and final episode, Mary tackles the biggest puzzle of all: why, and how, did the Roman Empire fall? Surveying the massive walls and fortifications of Britain and Germany, she discovers an empire under pressure, struggling to control its borders.     Mary seeks to redefine our understanding of the so-called 'Barbarian Invasions', but also shows that the Roman Empire was facing even greater challenges from within. Maverick emperors…

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Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit episode 3

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit episode 3: In the third episode Mary takes an in-depth look at the question of identity and citizenship within the Roman Empire. What did it mean to be, or to become, Roman, and how did the very different parts of the empire react to Roman rule?     In the beautifully preserved cities of Algeria, incomers and locals mixed to create flourishing communities with a distinct 'more Roman than Rome' frontier identity. Mary…

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Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit episode 2

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit episode 2: In the second episode, Mary Beard explores the physical world of the Roman Empire, and finds surprising parallels with our own world.     Setting out in the footsteps of the emperor Hadrian, she discovers a vast empire bound together by a common material culture, and a globalised economy of such scale that evidence of its side-effects can still be seen today, thousands of miles away from Rome. Mary unpicks the…

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Pompeii – Life and Death in a Roman Town

Pompeii - Life and Death in a Roman Town: one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. We know how its victims died, but this film sets out to answer another question - how did they live? Gleaning evidence from an extraordinary find, Cambridge professor and Pompeii expert Mary Beard provides new insight into the lives of the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption.     In a dark cellar in Oplontis,…

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Caligula

Professor Mary Beard explores the life of Caligula. Many extraordinary stories surround the Roman emperor, but are they true? Two thousand years ago one of history's most notorious individuals was born. Professor Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus - better known to us as Caligula.     Caligula has now become known as Rome's most capricious tyrant, and the stories told about him are some of the…

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