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56,718.  All roads lead to Rome.  (Proverbs & Roads & Rome)  Late 14th century proverb

 

 

56,853.  Rome was not built in a day.  (Proverb & Rome)  Mid-16th century proverb

 

 

40,347.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  But I wasn’t on that particular job.  (Football & Build & Rome)  Brian Clough

 

 

77,493.  Oh Rome!  my country!  city of the soul!  (Italy & Rome)  Lord Byron

 

 

77,494.  While stand the Coliseum, Rome shall stand;

When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall;

And when Rome falls – the World.  (Italy & Rome)  Lord Byron

 

 

4,328.  The imperial capital: Rome.  The largest city on Earth.  Population 1,000,000.  (Humanity & Rome)  Mankind: The Story of All of Us III, History Channel 2012

 

4,329.  The State provides hand-outs to the poor.  (Humanity & Rome & Poor)  ibid.

 

4,330.  The aqueduct is powered by gravity: it needs to drop one foot in every three hundred.  (Humanity & Rome & Engineering)  ibid.

 

4,331.  Rome’s aqueducts will deliver almost a billion litres of water a day.  (Humanity & Rome & Engineering)  ibid.

 

4,332.  Rome is the most advanced city in the world.  Apartment blocks up to six stories high.  (Humanity & Rome & City)  ibid.

 

4,333.  A police force, a fire brigade and a postal service.  (Humanity & Rome)  ibid.

 

4,340.  Admission to the games is free.  (Humanity & Rome)  ibid.

 

 

4,794.  Rome was found on an ideal of masculinity.  (Woman & Rome)  Professor Bettany Hughes, Divine Women I: When God was a Girl, BBC 2012

 

 

4,800.  Rome also permitted the influence of women in the religious sphere.  (Woman & Rome & Religion)  Professor Bettany Hughes, Divine Women II: Handmaids of the Gods, BBC 2012

 

 

4,804.  Theodora was born in 6th century A.D. in the great city of Constantinople.  (Woman & Rome)  Professor Bettany Hughes, Divine Women III: War of the Word

 

 

112,513.  Ancient Rome: one of the greatest superpowers in history whose far-reaching legacy continues to shape our lives.  For close on a thousand years the Romans dominated the known world: theirs was an extraordinary empire.  (Rome & Empire: Rome)  Bettany Hughes, The Eight Days that Made Rome e1: Hannibal’s Last Stand Channel 5 2017

 

112,514.  A day when a Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio went head to head with the legendary Hannibal and the mighty empire of Carthage in a battle that would determine whether Rome really had the muscle to rule the ancient world.  (Rome & Empire: Rome)  ibid. 

 

112,515.  The Romans fetishised violence and aggression and ambition.  (Rome & Empire: Rome)  ibid.

 

112,516.  This was a vast protection racket in all but name.  (Rome & Empire: Rome)  ibid.

 

112,517.  You were either with them or against them.  (Rome & Empire: Rome)  ibid.

 

112,518.  Hannibal himself escaped the slaughter, riding straight for Carthage, a city he’d not seen for thirty-six years.  (Rome & Empire: Rome)  ibid.

 

112,519.  Razed Carthage to the ground.  (Rome & Empire: Rome)  ibid.

 

 

112,520.  Also ruled through violence and oppression.   Rome’s rise to greatness was inevitable.  (Rome & Empire: Rome & Slavery)  Bettany Hughes, The Eight Days that Made Rome e2: The Spartacus Revolt

 

112,521.  This is the day in the summer of 73 B.C. when a band of slaves and took on the might of Rome.  They were led by one of the most legendary names in history: Spartacus.  (Rome & Empire: Rome & Slavery)  ibid.  

 

112,522.  They knew that slaves were potential insurgents, and one day in 73 B.C. their worst fears were realised.  (Rome & Empire: Rome & Slavery)  ibid.  

 

112,523.  A group of highly trained specialist slaves …. a full-blown slave revolt.  (Rome & Empire: Rome & Slavery)  ibid.  

 

112,524.  The protest and the idea of freedom is contagious.  (Rome & Empire: Rome & Slavery)  ibid.  

 

112,525.  Two thirds of the slave army was slaughtered.  (Rome & Empire: Rome & Slavery)  ibid.  

 

 

112,752.  Assemblies and elections were open to ordinary citizens, but the powerful Senate was dominated by a few elite families.  As a republic Rome had gone from strength to strength.  Bettany Hughes, The Eight Days that Made Rome e3: Crossing the Rubicon

 

112,753.  Caesar v Germanic tribes: what followed was one of the most vicious mass killings in history.  ibid.

 

112,754.  Caesar had absolutely no intention of giving up the source of his power.  ibid.  

 

112,755.  An epic showdown loomed.  ibid.

 

112,756.  When Caesar had entered the chamber he was surrounded by about 20 conspirators who stabbed him to death.  ibid.

 

 

112,923.  The day that Octavian made his devastating final move on Mark Antony as the two of them struggled for mastery of a superpower: Octavian’s final victory would see him hailed as Augustus, the name by which he would rule Rome as her first emperor.  (Rome & Civil War)  Bettany Hughes, Eight Days that Made Rome IV: Rome's First Emperor 

 

112,924.  Rome was being dragged into a destructive civil war.  (Rome & Civil War)  ibid.

   

112,925.  Octavian and Antony now had the cash to recruit a serious fighting force and wipe out the last of their enemies.  (Rome & Civil War)  ibid.

 

112,926.  Octavian knew this was his chance to become sole ruler.  He made sure that Antony was stripped of his political titles, and then pushed for all out war in Egypt and Queen Cleopatra.  (Rome & Civil War)  ibid.  

 

 

113,159.  Here in Britain around 60 A.D.  It was the day Roman forces flogged and dishonoured the queen of a proud native tribe, and it triggered an uprising the likes of which Rome had never seen.  (Rome & Empire Rome)  Bettany Hughes, Eight Days that Made Rome V: Boudica's Revenge

 

113,160.  The leader of the revolt was Boudica: still a British icon today.  (Rome & Empire Rome)  ibid.

 

113,161.  Boudica’s defeat of the 9th legion would have shocked the Romans.  (Rome & Empire Rome)  ibid.

 

 

113,458.  9th June 68 AD when Rome’s imperial dynasty came to an end with the pitiful death of a depraved and power-obsessed emperor: Nero.  Bettany Hughes, Eight Days that Made Rome VI: The Downfall of Nero

 

113,459.  Nero’s first speech to Rome’s senators was written by Seneca and promised a reign marked by modesty and restraint.  ibid.    

 

113,460.  His own disturbing character began to emerge driving Rome into a political crisis that would ultimately end with his own death.  ibid.

 

 

113,712.  80 A.D. when a desperate emperor Titus unveiled the greatest monument in the history of Rome – the Coliseum.  Bettany Hughes, Eight Days that Made Rome VII: Theatre of Death

 

113,713.  Titus and Domitian were the beneficiaries of a bold power grab by their father Vespasian.  ibid.

 

113,714.  The seating plan was an incarnation of Roman society.  ibid.  

 

113,715.  This grand temple to testosterone.  ibid.

 

 

113,750.  This is the day in 337 AD when the dying emperor Constantine was baptised in a final commitment to a new religion that would shape the next thousand years of Rome’s story and human history.  Bettany Hughes, Eight Days that Made Rome VIII: The Rebirth of Rome

 

113,751.  His devastating victory at the Milvian Bridge meant he [Constantine] became the sole emperor of the western half of the Empire.  The grand prize, Rome, was his.  ibid.

 

113,752.  Social justice was now on his imperial agenda.  ibid.

 

113,753.  The East had been brought together by an emperor called Licinius.  But Constantine’s ambition couldn’t allow for a rival: so he’d need a pretext to go to war with another Roman co-ruler … They fought for eight years.  ibid.

 

 

10,495.  In 1496 Michelangelo decided to try his luck here in Rome.  (Art & Rome)  Great Artists with Tim Marlow

 

10,496.  His first commission in Rome: Baccus.  It’s a garden statue.  (Art & Rome & Sculpture)  ibid.

 

 

10,505.  They sell the blood of Christ by handfuls here.  And have closed the road to all goodness.  (Artist & Rome & Relic & Good)  Michelangelo, of Biorgias’ Rome

 

 

10,565.  Bernini arrived in Rome in 1605 just at the time Caravaggio’s punchy street dramas were electrifying the Church.  Giving it a new vision of how to move the flock.  (Artist & Sculpture & Rome)  Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Bernini

 

 

10,662.  This was Caravaggio’s Rome: cheap rooms and drunken nights ... Make something sacred out of the lives of the sordid.  (Artist & Rome)  Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Caravaggio

 

 

12,549.  People all across the empire are celebrating the peace and the prosperity that Rome brought them, and they celebrate that by worshipping the Roman emperor as divine.  He is called God, he is called son of God, he is called Lord, Redeemer, and all of those of course titles that are given to Jesus by the first Christians.  (Jesus Christ & Empire: Roman & Rome)  Jonathan L Reed & John Dominic Crossan, author In Search of Paul

 

 

59,621.  They say when in Rome do as the Romans do.  But in the history of the ancient world what exactly did the Romans do?  (Rome & Civilisation)  Professor Richard Miles, The Ancient World V: Republic of Virtue 

 

59,622.  What Rome managed to achieve had never been done before: it created a civilisation for export.  (Rome & Empire: Rome & Civilisation)  ibid. 

 

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