Rome With Mary Beard (3 x 60′) – A new series that delves deep into ancient Roman society, in the heart of Rome itself. But it is not the rich and famous or the battles and blood of the gladiatorial arena that will take centre stage, using the latest archaeological evidence and historical analysis to uncover the physical and mental world of ordinary ancient Romans.
Two thousand years ago, Rome was a city heaving with over one million people, a size of population not matched again by any city in Europe until London in the 19th century. Mary will reveal all the little details of what life was like for the average inhabitant of the city, from where they slept and what they ate, to their attitudes to parenting, crime and punishment and the role of religion.
Along the way, Mary brings the Roman society to life using their own words. Through the thousands of epitaphs and funerary monuments – the mini-biographies of loving wives, of children sorely missed, of butchers and bakers, of slaves, shopkeepers, barmen and drunks – we learn more about their relationships, their successes and failures than any other record ever could tell.