Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ancient Rome Discussion With Cambridge University's Mary Beard

Pescennius Niger

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Rome - Roman Forum
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How well do you remember Roman history from your old school days?

Well, the other day, I got to listen to the first part of a radio program on NPR (Fresh Air with Terry Gross), when a truly fascinating topic came up. I work overnights, and had been busy earlier during the day, only getting maybe a couple of hours of sleep, and desperately needing more sleep. I listened for a while, although once I reached home from running errands, I had to hesitantly turn it off after only maybe ten minutes of discussion on Ancient Rome.

However, I promised myself that I would find the time to listen to the program again, and that opportunity came the very next day. Yesterday, actually. I had to shave my face and head (long overdue, actually), and decided it would be a good idea to listen to this program while so doing.  Indeed, it was a fascinating discussion with a scholar about Ancient Rome, allowing the listener to gain greater clarity on what really happened in those days. What were Julius Caesar's last words (here's a hint: Shakespeare did not get it exactly right with his "Et tu, Brute?")? What was it like for women in Rome? Were there really gladiator fights like those depicted in movies and television shows?

Click on the link below to receive enlightenment from classicist scholar Mary Beard, as she discusses Ancient Rome in promoting her new book, 'SPQR.'

Historian Mary Beard Tackles Myths About Ancient Rome 0 Nov 30, 2015:

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