Professor Mary Beard looks beyond the stories of emperors, armies, guts and gore to meet the everyday people at the heart of Ancient Rome's vast empire.
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.
It was the world’s first city of one million people, but how did it operate? What was family life like? And who were the Romans anyway? By decoding epitaphs and piecing together the evidence from objects and archaeology, Mary explores the stories of barmen, prostitutes, children, sailors, slaves and even gladiators.
This is Rome from the bottom up.
Broadcaster: BBC Two
TX Date: April 2012
Format: 3 x 60
I love Professor Beard very deeply, as I love anyone and everyone – the doctors and scientists who take us through the programmes devoted to medical advances being a particularly rich field – who is so clearly, so comfortably and so thoroughly in command of their subject or specialism that they have nothing left to prove.