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Historian Bettany Hughes selects eight pivotal days that defined the Roman Empire and its establishment as the world's first superpower.
Season 1, Episode 8
In 337 AD, Emperor Constantine converts to Christianity, which kickstarts the Romans renouncing their thousand years worship of the pagan gods.
Season 1, Episode 6
Bettany Hughes reveals how Nero's early reign was dominated by his mother, Agrippina, while exploring a new theory that his mood was undermined by a serious illness.
Season 1, Episode 5
Roman forces' torture of a native queen in Britannia sparks a violent revolt.
Season 1, Episode 4
An examination of the day Octaviantriumphed over his rival Mark Antony on his path to become the first emperor of Rome.
Season 1, Episode 3
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.
Season 1, Episode 2
An exploration of the day in 73 B.C. when Spartacus and a band of gladiators broke out and began an epic slave revolt.
Season 1, Episode 1
The rise of Rome into an ancient world superpower begins with the Battle of Zama against Carthage and General Hannibal.
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