Eight Days That Made Rome

Historian Bettany Hughes selects eight pivotal days that defined the Roman Empire and its establishment as the world's first superpower.

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Hannibal's Last Stand(Season 1, Episode 1)
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The rise of Rome into an ancient world superpower begins with the Battle of Zama against Carthage and General Hannibal.

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The Spartacus Revolt(Season 1, Episode 2)
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An exploration of the day in 73 B.C. when Spartacus and a band of gladiators broke out and began an epic slave revolt.

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Crossing the Rubicon(Season 1, Episode 3)
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Bettany Hughes revisits the moment when Julius Caesar led his army across the River Rubicon, ignoring the orders of the Roman Senate and effectively declaring war on his rivals in Rome; and Hughes analyzes Caesar's character and health.

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