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Thursday

26th December

9am

About The Show

The beginnings of the Roman Empire are shrouded in mystery. Without armies, palaces, or priests, the Romans conquered and ravaged the best of other civilisations.

Episodes

Dec 26

9am

Episode 1

The Rise

The beginnings of the Roman Empire are shrouded in mystery. Without armies, palaces, or priests, the Romans conquered and ravaged the best of other civilisations.

Dec 26

10am

Episode 2

Legions of Conquest

At one time, the Roman Empire stretched from Scotland to the Sahara. Yet the same traits that created it, eventually led to its demise.

Dec 26

11am

Episode 3

Seduction of Power

Trace Roman politics from the first representative government to the lives of Julius Caesar, Nero and Septimius Severus.

Dec 26

12pm

Episode 4

The Grasp of Empire

Rome's legacy of trade, roads and infrastructure relied on an alliance of slaves and peasants. The glory years led to the longest period of peace in history.

Dec 26

1pm

Episode 5

The Cult of Order

Roman culture still weaves influence through western art, architecture and medicine. This empire was a reflection of the multicultural world it encompassed.

Dec 26

2pm

Episode 6

The Fall

From the reign of Diocletian to the sack of the Eternal City in 410 AD, an abusive political elite and an eroding cultural identity placed the Roman Empire into decline.