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David Aaronovitch, of The Independent, travels from a bleak and windy milecastle in Northumberland, at the farthest point of the Roman empire to the sticky heat of the Imperial Forum in Rome, at the centre of the empire.
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Life in the Empire
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Listen to David Aaronovitch give his view of the Romans or click here to read his opinion.
Listen to the producer, Rebecca Nicholson, talk about making the programme or click here to read her views.
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|FACTS AND LATIN PHRASES, USEFUL OR NOT. |
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of the Empire, some Latin phrases that you might have used in ancient Rome
and some useful facts
In the last few years amazing new archaeological evidence has thrown light on a culture not that far removed from our own, a society with similar obsessions, similar anxieties, similar highs and lows. In addition, recent technological advances have enabled scholars to decipher material which has previously been completely unreadable.
Have the people of the Roman empire anything to teach us? How did they treat their ethnic minorities and differing religious groups? How did they keep the lower orders happy? Since the emperor had supreme power, how did he also manage to be perceived as "a man of the people"? How important was education and what was on the curriculum? And how did they find the time to write so many letters?