Rome: Empire Without Limit with Mary Beard
Tackling everything from gladiators to murdered Emperors, classical scholar Mary Beard returns to the BBC in this unique history documentary where she explores and explodes the myths of the Roman Empire. Delving into the subject with an epic scope, the renowned and irreverent historian gives her own highly distinctive take on this world-defining period. Why do we get the Romans so wrong?
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- S1 E1 - Birth of an EmpireIn this myth-busting, compelling BBC history documentary, renowned classicist Mary Beard revisits and reassesses the legends surrounding the origins of Rome. She argues that the period of greatest Roman expansion occurred when Rome itself was little more than a provincial backwater which used brutal tactics to overpower its enemies. Why was a state such as this so successful at war and conquest?Watch with a free Prime trial
- S1 E2 - Episode 2In this myth-busting BBC history documentary about the Roman Empire, Mary Beard looks at the idea of identity and discovers that many ‘Romans’ never saw Rome. People from conquered lands were encouraged to become Roman citizens, leading to an incredibly diverse ruling class. What did it mean to be, or to become, Roman and how did the very different parts of the empire react to Roman rule?Watch with a free Prime trial
- S1 E2 - Bounds of the EmpireMary 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.Watch with a free Prime trial
- S1 E3 - A Roman WorldWhat exactly did cause the decline and fall of the Roman Empire? Celebrated historian Mary Beard returns to the BBC with this illuminating history documentary. She discovers that a myriad of factors led to the empire's destruction, including its sheer size and a distinct change in religious beliefs. But how important was a 'trouble maker' called Jesus in the eventual collapse of Rome?Watch with a free Prime trial