Meet the Romans with Mary Beard (2012) IMDb

Viewing

Seen in 2017.

Categorization

History from below.

Commentary

I would have liked to see the same approach to a rough chronology of the kingdom onwards.

References here: Immortal Egypt (2016).

documentary series

Spin-off:

Caligula with Mary Beard (2013) IMDb

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Seen in 2018.

Subject

Emperor Bootykins.

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Spin-off:

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit (2016) IMDb

Viewing

Seen in 2018.

Subject

People of the Roman empire: new and old, rich and poor.

Commentary

The second episode, on mining and other far-flung industries, and on slavery and Hadrian’s villa, is aided by a structure that seems meandering but expands particularly beautifully on the theme of “people’s history”. “We can’t ignore”, says Beard in the third episode, “that all this was bought at the price of violent conquest.” In that third episode, Beard lies down on the floor to the get the same view of a statue of Emperor Tiberius conquering personified Britannia as the people of Aphrodisias would have had. Britannia the character literally began as a victim of colonialism. Fine work.

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