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Power and people in ancient Rome audio icon

History & The Arts 

Power and people in ancient Rome

The ancient Romans constructed some of the first ever purpose-built venues for mass-entertainment. How do these structures enhance the audience’s experience of the spectacle? This album looks at famous Roman buildings like the Colosseum, a venue designed to impress, where vast numbers of people congregated for gladiatorial combat, chariot-racing and theatrical shows. Structures such as the Circus Maximus and even the Baths were designed as striking symbols of civic pride, glorifying the power of the Emperors who built them. This material forms part of The Open University course A219 Exploring the classical world.

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30 mins
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Imperial Rome and Ostia

The splendidly evocative ruins of ancient Rome have long been a challenge to historians and archaeologists in reconstructing how it looked and functioned. It became the largest city in the western world during the imperial period, so how was the city constructed, and what were the materials used? How was it defended, supplied with food and water, and how were the people housed and entertained, and above all, how did it function? These video tracks use various famous sites such as the Baths of Caracalla and the Pantheon to answer some of these questions. This material forms part of the course AT308 Cities and technology: from Babylon to Singapore.

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1 hr
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Beauport Park, East Sussex

Beauport Park is the site of the third largest iron works in the whole Roman empire.

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Romans in Britain: See the sites menu

Find out about the main Roman archaeological sites in Britain.

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OU on the BBC: Romans in Britain - Programme two - 'Coming of Age'

The day-to-day realities of an occupation bedded down were explored in the second progamme in the BBC/OU Romans in Britain series.

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Roman Baths Museum, Bath

One of the best sites to appreciate the impact of the Roman occupation in Britain is the Roman baths at Bath, or Aquae Sulis, as the Romans called it.

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Heritage Centres - SW England, West Midlands & S Wales

Find heritage centres in Cornwall, South West England, the West Midlands and South Wales.

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A reader's guide to Northanger Abbey

Jane Austin's 1817 novel Northanger Abbey was her first to be completed for publication, and is a intriguing blend of genres.

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Romans in Britain: Coming of Age - Transcript

Having added parts of Britain to their empire, the realities of occupation started to sink in for the Romans.

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