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City of the Sacred

Simon Sebag Montefiore uncovers the central role played by religion in the power of the city of Rome. Every event in ancient Rome revolved around religion.

Simon Sebag Montefiore looks at how every event in ancient Rome revolved around religion. From the foundation myth through to the deification of emperors, nothing could happen without calling upon the pantheon of Roman gods. Simon investigates how the Romans worshipped and sacrificed to the gods. He discovers that sacredness defined what was Roman and it was the responsibility of every Roman to play their part in the cult. Even the ancient Roman sewer was holy ground!

60 minutes

Last on

Tue 3 Sep 2019 03:00

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Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Sebag Montefiore
Producer Anna Cox
Director Anna Cox
Executive Producer Mike Smith