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Treasures of Ancient Rome
Ep: 1 "Warts 'n' All"
Gladiators and senators, slaves and chariots - we think we know ancient Rome, but the real story of this complex civilization is far from the glitzy images of Hollywood. The key to the Roman world is in the sculptures, paintings, murals and mosaics it left behind. In this three-part series, art critic Alastair Sooke sets out to dispel a 2,000-year-old myth: that the Romans were great conquerors and engineers, but when it came to art they were second rate. Alastair traces how, during the Republic, the Romans went from being art thieves and copycats to pioneering a new artistic style. Following in the footsteps of Rome’s mad emperors, he finds art that reflects their obsession with sex and violence. And he reveals how many of the techniques associated with the Renaissance - like perspective, still life and trompe l’oeil - were actually perfected by the Romans.


Ep 1
Warts 'n' All
Watch Until March 15, 12:00am
Ep 2
Pomp and Perversion
Watch February 19, 9:00pm
Ep 3
The Empire Strikes Back
Watch February 26, 9:00pm
Warts 'n' All
Alastair Sooke traces how the Romans pioneered an artistic style of warts 'n' all realism during the Republic. (1 of 3)
Pomp and Perversion
Alastair Sooke looks at the artistic legacy of Rome's mad, bad and dangerous emperors. (2 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Mon Feb 19, 9:00pm
Tue Feb 20, 12:00am
The Empire Strikes Back
Alastair Sooke charts the fall of the Roman Empire through some of its hidden artistic treasures. (3 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Mon Feb 26, 9:00pm
Tue Feb 27, 12:00am