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The Roman empire is fundamentally a system of robbery with violence. Professor Neil Faulkner, Bristol University
The Roman invasion of Britain was an outbreak of unprovoked violence driven by the fear and weakness of a new regime. Neil Faulkner
In the history of the ancient world there’s one woman who eclipses all others. Her name has become a byword for beauty, luxury and excess. More than that, her story is entwined with some of the most powerful men in Western history. Vanessa Collingridge, Cleopatra: A Timewatch Guide, BBC 2015
A pharaoh queen who took on the might of the Roman empire. Along the way seducing two of Rome’s greatest generals. ibid.
1960s re-telling of the story: ‘Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra: Siren of the Nile.’ ibid.
The truth doesn’t seem to always match up to the legend. ibid.
Everything from Shakespeare to Hollywood blockbusters, one image has tended to hold sway. The archetypal femme fatale. ibid.
Just how remarkable a woman she really was. ibid.
Nearly two thousand years ago Rome’s elite 9th legion vanished somewhere in Britain’s remote frontier. The legend of the 9th legion is one of history’s most puzzling mysteries. The Lost Legion, 2014
Boudica almost destroyed the 9th legion. ibid.
Rome: warrior tribes that would fire the imaginations of Romans for centuries to come: the Celts. Alice Roberts & Neil Oliver, The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice, BBC 2015
The ordered structured world of Rome had a storm coming. ibid.
On the one hand centralised modern Rome, on the other, an Iron-Age culture that had its roots in deep history. Two vast armies and a brutal conflict fought between two of the age’s greatest generals. Alice Roberts & Neil Oliver, The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice II, BBC 2015
Caesar set about crushing those hostile to him ... The freedom fighter had finally been outwitted by the wily old strategist. The golden age of the Celts was over. ibid.
No other era has quite captured our imagination like Roman Britain ... Who were these Romans? How did they manage to rule here for nearly four hundred years? And why in the end did it all fall apart? Dr Alice Roberts, Roman Britain: A Timewatch Guide, BBC 2015
Why in the end did it all fall apart? ibid.
Was this a welcomed arrival or a hostile takeover? ibid.
The Vindolanda tablets have this extraordinary importance in ancient history. Dr Jo Quinn, Oxford University
Soon the expanding Roman empire bore down on a divided Egypt; only the famous Cleopatra stood in their way. Immortal Egypt with Joann Fletcher IV, BBC 2016
An empire that stretched all the way from Egypt to Hadrian’s Wall and brought people from Europe, Asia and Africa to live here. Tony Robinson’s History of Britain s2e1: Romans, Channel 5 2020