Eight Days That Made Rome

December 2017

Season 1, Episode 8: The Rebirth of Rome

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Bettany Hughes looks at the day which marked Rome's symbolic break with its thousand-year pagan past - the day in 337AD that Emperor Constantine the Great was baptised a Christian. It was a moment of profound significance not just for the empire, but for the history of the world and one of its major religions.

Season 1, Episode 7: Theatre of Death

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Bettany Hughes explores the day in 80AD when the Colosseum opened its gates for the first time. For new emperor Titus, the spectacular games and events were an opportunity to win over the people and secure his place on the imperial throne.

Season 1, Episode 6

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On 9th June 68 AD, Nero, Emperor of Rome, took his own life, as troops came to arrest him for crimes against the state. With the aid of evidence from across the Roman world, including Nero's Golden House, Bettany Hughes examines his reign, his character and his relationships with his mother Agrippina, the Senate and the Roman populace.
November 2017

Season 1, Episode 5

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Bettany Hughes reveals the stark realities of brutal Roman rule, beginning with the day, around 60 AD, when Roman troops invaded Boudica's settlement, flogged her and raped her daughters. The outrage provoked the Iceni queen to lead a revolt that came perilously close to ending the Roman occupation of Britannia.

Season 1, Episode 4

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Bettany Hughes explores the day in 32BC when Octavian, Julius Caesar's adopted son, stole the secret will of Mark Antony, his most dangerous political rival. The document's release gave Octavian crucial support in the civil war that followed and allowed him to establish himself as Rome's first emmperor, Augustus.

Season 1, Episode 3

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Bettany Hughes explores the day in 49BC when, defying the Senate, Julius Caesar and his army crossed the river Rubicon, plunging the Republic into civil war. She also examines Caesar's character and how his quest for absolute power effectively sounded the death knell for the Roman Republic and paved the way for dictatorial rule.
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