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8 Days That Made Rome


Award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes presents a new eight-part landmark history of ancient Rome. Across the series we explore eight key days that she believes define the Roman Empire and help us to understand its remarkable success. In each episode Bettany travels across the Roman world, delving into the psyche and uncovering brand new archaeological evidence, while lavish drama brings the incredible story of Rome to life. The eight days include Rome’s early defeat of her great rival Carthage under Hannibal, Constantine’s baptism as a Christian and Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon River, setting in motion a series of events which would ultimately culminate in the end of Rome’s republic.

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October Films for Channel 5