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Part V –  ‘Stone memorialisations’

Not every building in ancient Rome had a practical function. Monuments such as obelisks and arches cemented their builder’s legacy into the landscape of the city forever. I visit the …

Matthew’s virtual tour: The Forum

Join me on a tour around the grand political and religious structures of the Forum in the high imperial period. You should get the flavour of the dynastic space taking …

The digital model

A digital model is editable, flexible, navigable, transmissible and sharable. It can be a useful new way of presenting the past alongside more traditional methods. It’s an effective tool to …

Part II – ‘All the colours of the empire’

Before you look at the political, religious and entertainment structures which filled the landscape of Rome, it’s important to understand a little more about the materials and techniques used to …

A potted history of ancient Rome

Watch our ‘potted history of Rome’ for a light-hearted approach to Rome’s fascinating but complex history from 753 BC to 337 AD. I hope you enjoy this animated introduction, and …

Ancient Rome: a historical overview

The passage by the Roman historian Livy praising the site of Rome is put into a speech by a general called Marcus Furius Camillus: Not without reason did gods and …

Congratulations on completing Week 1

Congratulations on completing Week 1! Want to study further? If you are enjoying exploring ancient Rome, why not extend your study to the rest of the ancient world? The MA …

Further Learning

If you are enjoying exploring ancient Rome, why not extend your study to the rest of the ancient world? The MA Classics and Ancient History at the University of Reading …

Matthew’s Virtual Tour: circus and theatres

In this tour, you’ll see some of the specialist buildings the Romans constructed for chariot racing and theatrical entertainment. In the video and in the walkaround in the next Step, …