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The Republic of Virtue

Ancient Worlds Episode 5 of 6

How did an insignificant cluster of Latin hill villages on the edge of the civilised world become the greatest empire the world has known? In the fifth programme of the series, archaeologist and historian Richard Miles examines the phenomenon of the Roman Republic, from its fratricidal mythical beginnings, with the legend of Romulus and Remus, to the all too real violence of its end, dragged to destruction by war lords like Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar.

Travelling to Sicily and North Africa, Richard tells the story of Rome's century-long struggle for dominance with the other great regional power, Carthage. It was a struggle that would end with the total destruction of this formidable enemy and the transformation of landlubber Rome into a seapower, and the Republic into an Empire. But with no-one left to beat, the only enemy that Rome had left was itself.

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1 hour

Last on

Tue 15 Feb 2011 01:55
BBC One except Scotland


Role Contributor
PresenterRichard Miles
Series ProducerEamon Hardy
ProducerTim Dunn
DirectorTim Dunn
Series ProducerTim Kirby