BBC Meet the Romans with Mary Beard

In a new BBC series Professor Mary Beard is taking us on a tour of the side of ancient Rome that you may not be familiar with – looking at the day-to-day lives of the everyday people rather than the high grandeur and drama of the Imperial family.

In Meet the Romans with Mary Beard, the BBC show visits a number of fascinating ancient Roman sites which give an idea of what life was really like for the vast majority of the population in the Eternal City.

Meet the Romans with Mary Beard also looks at famous sites from another angle – such as the Roman Forum – while seeking those places that reflect the vibrancy of everyday life in the city.

You can find out more about Meet the Romans with Mary Beard here.

BBC Meet the Romans with Mary Beard: Site Index

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Arch of Titus

The Arch of Titus is a Roman triumphal arch built by the Emperor Domitian to commemorate the victories of his elder brother, Emperor Titus.

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Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town fossilized following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

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Ostia Antica

The site of Ostia Antica contains the ruins of the port of ancient Rome and visitors can view some amazingly well preserved remains of the settlement.

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Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was the very centre of ancient Rome. However, in Meet the Romans with Mary Beard, they take a quite different view of this famous Roman landmark, and looks at the Forum as a place of gamblers, dentists and thieves.

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The Colosseum

Once the largest amphitheatre of Ancient Rome where gladiators, criminals and lions alike fought for their lives, the Colosseum remains a world renowned, iconic symbol of the Roman Empire.

Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker

Featured in the first episode of Meet the Romans with Mary Beard, the Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker is an impressive ancient tomb dating back to 30BC.

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Via Appia Antica

Via Appia Antica, built in 312 BC, is one of the most important roads leading to Rome.