When in Rome

When in Rome

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A regular podcast series about place and space in…
XXIV - Chariot Racing
Jul 6 • 25 min
While we associate Roman sport with the gladiator match, that was nothing when compared to their love of a good chariot race. The track at the Circus Maximus was where real men were made. Charioteers had low status and low life expectancy, but there could…
XXIII - The Circus Maximus
Jun 8 • 26 min
If you asked a Roman, The sport that defined them most wouldn’t be a gladiatorial contest but a chariot race. The Circus Maximus was a mighty racetrack in the valley between two hills of Rome, the Aventine and the Pallentine. It was the first and largest…
XXII - Tomb of the Scipios
Apr 27 • 22 min
Every good Roman had heard of the Scipios, and true to their reputation they liked to do things differently. While most Romans were content with cremating their dead, the Scipios entombed theirs, harking back to the days of the Etruscans. Guest: Dr…
XXI - The Column of Marcus Aurelius
Mar 28 • 24 min
Marcus Aurelius spent much of his reign on the frontiers of the Roman empire, protecting his people from the barbarian tribes to the north. A triumphal column was erected in the Campus Martius, in honour of his great victories. Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans…
XX - The Column of Antoninus Pius
Feb 28 • 20 min
When Antoninus Pius died in 161CE his successors moved fast to erect a commemorative column in the Campus Martius. While the monument itself was rather plain, it remained standing for many a century, but it was its rediscovery in the 18th century when the…
XIX - Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus
Jan 29 • 22 min
If you had to name a god that the Romans worshipped above all others it would have to be Jupiter, and the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill was the most important temple in the empire. While the building is long since destroyed we…
XVIII - Diocletian’s Palace
Jan 2 • 32 min
When the Emperor Diocletian retired in 305CE he wanted to be well away from the troubles of co-ruling an empire, and withdrew to a large fortified palace on the shores of Split, Croatia. Guest: Dr Christopher Gribbin (Fellow, School of Historical and…