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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, …

Theatres

Stage entertainment had a long history in Rome. The earliest Latin literature that we know of are the scripts of stage plays, translated from Greek models for a Roman audience …

Matthew’s virtual tour: Colosseum

In the next Step, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Colosseum for yourself, but first join me on a guided tour around this impressive structure, where I explain more …

The Colosseum

Rome loved gladiatorial shows, formal fights between pairs with distinctive armour and equipment. Gladiatorial combat seems to have developed as a ritualised affair at aristocratic funerals, perhaps in Campania (southern …

Part XIII – ‘To the death’  

Originally the gladiatorial combats were held in temporary wooden buildings, before emperors built permanent structures such as the Colosseum as part of their commitment to providing their population with ‘bread …

Matthew’s virtual tour: Baths

Join me on a tour of some of the bathhouses of ancient Rome. Does the sheer scale of these baths surprise you? What differences do you see between the earlier …

Roman Baths: Urban Life in Ancient Rome

  Bathing was a central experience of urban life in ancient Rome; the building of bathhouses all over the Roman world, from the forts on Hadrian’s wall to the cities …

Circuses in Ancient Rome

But what about Remus’ mob? They follow fortune, as always … they discarded their responsibilities long ago … for the people who once handed out power, political office, command of …