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CLIP 12173

Life in Roman Palmyra

Life in Roman Palmyra
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Key Info
  • Life in Roman Palmyra
  • Duration: 05:02
  • Richard Miles examines life in Palmyra in the first and second century AD in the reigns of Augustus, Trajan and Hadrian. He examines its role as the last outpost of the eastern Roman empire. He commences by contrasting the cold, militaristic and sometimes violent world of the other well-known Imperial outpost at Hadrian's wall with the warm and civilised climes of Palmyra. Miles examines the expansion of existing commerce and industry within Palmyra under the protection and stability of Roman rule and the expansion of their camel-powered trade routes with Mesopotamia and the east. This clip was first published on the Ancient Worlds programme page: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w0bl0. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Classical Studies

       Topic:

    World History and Archaeology

  • Keywords: Palmyra, Rome, roman, roman empire, imperial, imperial province. ancient worlds, historian, camel, merchants
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could use this as a stimulus for discussion about the role of key cities in the provinces of the Roman empire, the varying tactics used in Imperial expansion and the benefits of accepting Roman control as a means of protection.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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