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Mary Beard introduces us to a resident of ancient Rome

We still live in the shadow of Ancient Rome – a city at the heart of a vast Empire that stretched from Scotland to Afghanistan, dominating the West for over 700 years. In this series, Prof Mary Beard puts aside the stories of Emperors and armies, guts and gore to meet the real Romans living at the heart of it all.

In this programme, Mary asks not what the Romans did for us, but what the Empire did for Rome. She meets some extraordinary Romans: Eurysaces, an eccentric baker, who made a fortune out of the grain trade (building his tomb in the shape of a giant bread-oven). Here we get to see the surviving tomb which still retains some of its former glory.

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2 minutes