Main content
This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer

Julius Caesar Revealed

Mary Beard is on a mission to uncover the real Julius Caesar, and to challenge public perception, exploring Caesar's surprising legacy.

Julius Caesar is the most famous Roman of them all: brutal conqueror, dictator and victim of a gruesome assassination on the Ides of March 44 BC. 2,000 years on, he still shapes the world. He has given us some political slogans we still use today (Crossing the Rubicon), his name lives on in the month of July, and there is nothing new about Vladmir Putin's carefully cultivated military image, and no real novelty in Donald Trump's tweets and slogans.

Mary Beard is on a mission to uncover the real Caesar, and to challenge public perception. She seeks the answers to some big questions. How did he become a one-man ruler of Rome? How did he use spin and PR on his way to the top? Why was he killed? And she asks some equally intriguing little questions. How did he conceal his bald patch? Did he really die, as William Shakespeare put it, with the words Et tu, Brute on his lips? Above all, Mary explores his surprising legacy right up to the present day. Like it or not, Caesar is still present in our everyday lives, our language, and our politics. Many dictators since, not to mention some other less autocratic leaders, have learned the tricks of their trade from Julius Caesar.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 1 Sep 2020 22:00


Role Contributor
Presenter Mary Beard
Director Alexander Leith
Director Russell England
Executive Producer Caterina Turroni
Executive Producer Richard Bradley


  • Mon 12 Feb 2018 21:00
  • Mon 12 Feb 2018 22:45
  • Sun 18 Feb 2018 23:30
  • Sat 3 Mar 2018 02:35
  • Wed 17 Apr 2019 21:00
  • Thu 18 Apr 2019 03:00
  • Tue 1 Sep 2020 22:00