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.

The Siege of Lilybaeum

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The Siege of Lilybaeum

The strength of a Punic army

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The First Punic War was one of the most significant conflicts in Rome’s rise to power. A lynchpin to Carthaginian control over Sicily was the city of Lilybaeum, which never fell to the Romans.

The Roman theatre in Spoleto

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The Roman theatre in Spoleto

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The archaeological museum of the Umbrian town of Spoleto is right next to a restored Roman theatre that continues to be used for shows.

The Roman house in Spoleto

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The Roman house in Spoleto

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Located partially beneath Spoleto’s town hall are the remains of a Roman house dated to the first century of our era.

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.