Treasures of Ancient Rome

60 minutes

Alastair Sooke takes an in-depth look at the art of the Roman Empire in an attempt to refute the claims that Rome didn't produce any art of originality during its reign.

60 minutes

Alastair Sooke takes an in-depth look at the art of the Roman Empire in an attempt to refute the claims that Rome didn't produce any art of originality during its reign.

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Watch Treasures of Ancient Rome Season 1 Episode 3 - The Empire Strikes Back

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s1e3 The Empire Strikes Back
September 17, 2012
In the third and final part of the series, Alastair Sooke charts the decline and fall of the Roman Empire through some of its hidden and most magical artistic treasures. He travels to Leptis Magna in Libya shortly after the overthrow of Gaddafi and finds one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world and the cradle of later Roman art. Sooke discovers glorious mosaics which have never been filmed before, but also finds evidence of shocking neglect of Libya's Roman heritage by the Gaddafi regime. His artistic tour takes him to Egypt and the northern frontiers of the empire where he encounters stunning mummy paintings and exquisite silver and glassware. As Rome careered from one crisis to another, official art became more hard boiled and militaristic and an obscure cult called Christianity rose up to seize the mantle of Western art for centuries to come.
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Watch Treasures of Ancient Rome Season 1 Episode 1 - Warts 'n' All

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s1e1 Warts 'n' All
September 3, 2012
Alastair Sooke traces how the Romans during the Republic went from being art thieves and copycats to pioneering a new artistic style - warts 'n' all realism. Roman portraits reveal what the great names from history, men like Julius Caesar and Cicero, actually looked like. Modern-day artists demonstrate the ingenious techniques used to create these true to life masterpieces in marble, bronze and paint. We can step back into the Roman world thanks to their invention of the documentary-style marble relief and to a volcano called Vesuvius. Sooke explores the remarkable artistic legacy of Pompeii before showing how Rome's first emperor, Augustus, used the power of art to help forge an empire.
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Watch Treasures of Ancient Rome Season 1 Episode 1 - Warts 'n' All
s1e1 Warts 'n' All
September 3, 2012
September 3, 2012
Warts 'n' All
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Watch Treasures of Ancient Rome Season 1 Episode 2 - Pomp and Perversion
s1e2 Pomp and Perversion
September 10, 2012
September 10, 2012
Pomp and Perversion
Watch Treasures of Ancient Rome Season 1 Episode 3 - The Empire Strikes Back
s1e3 The Empire Strikes Back
September 17, 2012
September 17, 2012
The Empire Strikes Back
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