Ancient Rome

According to tradition, the city of Rome was founded on 21 April, 753 BC. This city-state in the centre of Italy would grow and flourish over the course of the next millennium, eventually turning into an empire that encompassed not just the whole of Italy, but the entire Mediterranean and vast stretches of land beyond.

Cascate delle Marmore

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Cascate delle Marmore

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The waterfall at Marmore, located in Umbria, is the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. It was created by the Romans.

Roman remains in Assisi

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Roman remains in Assisi

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The Italian town of Assisi, famed as the birthplace of Saint Francis, has some impressive Roman remains, including a temple to Minerva.

Food insecurity in Early Rome

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Food insecurity in Early Rome

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Responsibility for solving food crises often falls to a community’s leaders. Early Rome was no different, and in the first centuries of the Republic suffered from, and solved, the problem of food scarcity.

Virgil’s Aeneid

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Virgil’s Aeneid

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Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, and Josho Brouwers talk about the epic poem Aeneid, composed by Rome’s greatest poet, Virgil.

Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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When the Romans decided to invade Africa in 256 BC to bring an end to their war with Carthage, they supposedly encountered more than just Punic elephants and a cunning Spartan condottiero.

Sarcophagus of the Brothers

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Sarcophagus of the Brothers

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A large fragment of a marble Roman sarcophagus portrays the deceased as a generally fortunate man who had been happily married.