Episode 2 – Imperial Stone – The Art of Rome

  • Rome was originally a small cluster of villages on the hills above the marshy River Tivor
  • the heyday of the Roman empire was in the 2nd century AD and spanned as far as Hadrians Wall separating England and Scotland to the Persian Gulf
  • merchants travelled to India and China
  • unified the old cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world and Western Europe
  • from then until now Rome was the single greatest influence on the culture of the West
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