Italy

Italy

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  • Decoding the Roman Dead

    Episode 1

    Colchester Museums have been working with archaeologists and specialists to ‘decode’ the hidden stories of 40 of Colchester’s earliest inhabitants.

    Through new scientific research techniques, they have reconstructed the identity and lives of these people: where they came from in the empire, wha...

  • The Road to Rome

    Episode 2

    The Roman Empire was one of the greatest in history. At its height it stretched from northern Britain to the Persian Gulf, its might epitomised by the effectiveness of its core military unit: the Roman legion. The aqueduct, sanitation, irrigation, medicine, education, wine, public baths – all thi...

  • The Roman Emperors: With Mary Beard

    Episode 3

    Classicist and national treasure Mary Beard speaks to Dan about Ancient Rome and its emperors.

  • Killing God: The Assassination of Julius Caesar

    Episode 4

    15 March - 'The Ides of March'. It is arguably the most well known date in ancient history. On that day in 44 BC the Roman statesman Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of senatorial conspirators in the heart of Rome. But why was this political giant of ancient Rome assassinated? How did th...

  • The Roman Republic

    Episode 5

    We've asked ancient historian and archaeologist Dr. Simon Elliott to answer the most googled questions about the roman empire.

  • The Emperor Justinian

    Episode 6

    Peter Heather, Professor of Medieval History at KCL, tackles the big questions about the Roman Emperor Justinian.

  • Greatest Discoveries: Lost Lives of Pompeii

    Episode 7

    The story of Pompeii’s destruction is renowned across the world. In 79 AD, this prosperous Roman town was destroyed by a massive, volcanic eruption. Pompeii became frozen in time, only to be rediscovered c.1500 years later.

    Warning: contains very strong language and sexual content.

    Vesuvius’ er...

  • Greatest Discoveries: Last Days of Pompeii

    Episode 8

    Tristan Hughes explores the destruction of Pompeii, using extraordinary eyewitness testimony and the revelations of archaeology to understand what really happened here nearly 2000 years ago.

    In 79 AD, one of the greatest natural disasters in Roman history occurred in southern Italy, when Mount V...

  • The Savage Storm: The Allied Invasion of Italy - Part One

    Episode 9

    The Italian campaign in September 1943, spearheaded by the US 5th and British 8th Armies, is one of the most dramatic campaigns of the entire Second World War - it was here that Hitler’s ‘Fortress Europe’ would finally be pierced. The first, tentative steps to total Allied victory. But lacking th...

  • The Savage Storm: The Allied Invasion of Italy - Part Two

    Episode 10

    The Italian campaign in September 1943, spearheaded by the US 5th and British 8th Armies, is one of the most dramatic campaigns of the entire Second World War - it was here that Hitler’s ‘Fortress Europe’ would finally be pierced. By the beginning of October, after a tough fight to gain a foothol...