100 episodes

Get Ready for Rome helps the thoughtful traveler prepare to visit the Eternal City by introducing the city’s main monuments and the sometimes acrimonious dialogue they imply. Add value to your visit to Rome by getting to know in advance the ideas and history that stand behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and other familiar but put poorly understood sites of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Get Ready for Rome Wayne Ambler

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 56 Ratings

Get Ready for Rome helps the thoughtful traveler prepare to visit the Eternal City by introducing the city’s main monuments and the sometimes acrimonious dialogue they imply. Add value to your visit to Rome by getting to know in advance the ideas and history that stand behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and other familiar but put poorly understood sites of one of the world’s greatest cities.

    108. From the Cattle Market to the Palatine and from Aeneas to Romulus

    108. From the Cattle Market to the Palatine and from Aeneas to Romulus

    After two episodes on the Forum Boarium, we move up to the Palatine Hill. At the same time, we move from Rome’s distant prehistory and Aeneas to its founding by his descendant Romulus, the son of Mars. Later still, Caesar and his adopted son Augustus presented Aeneas and Romulus as precursors of the Caesars.

    • 15 min
    107. The Two Temples of the Forum Boarium

    107. The Two Temples of the Forum Boarium

    The two temples in the Forum Boarium as illustrations of Rome’s cultural flux over the ages.

    • 14 min
    106. The Forum Boarium and Rome's Mythical Prehistory

    106. The Forum Boarium and Rome's Mythical Prehistory

    There is scant evidence regarding the prehistory of Rome, but the Romans supplied this defect by handing down and codifying engaging myths. Today we visit the Forum Boarium, where Rome’s distant ancestors met and began to form the people from whom the Romans would descend, or so at least Livy and Virgil tell us.

    • 17 min
    105. The Making of Modern Italy

    105. The Making of Modern Italy

    Today is March 17, the anniversary of the proclamation of the birth or making of modern Italy. It seems strange to me that this anniversay is largely overlooked, so I invite listeners to think for a moment about its meaning.

    • 13 min
    Where are we?

    Where are we?

    If the Sistine Chapel reflected the moral vision of Christian Rome, is there any such coherent view in Modern Rome of how we humans should understand our purpose and live our lives? 

    • 17 min
    Looking for Modern Rome in the Words of a Pope

    Looking for Modern Rome in the Words of a Pope

    Popes have frequently attacked the moral, political, and intellectual developments that gave birth to modern Italy. On the occasion of the death of Pope Benedict, we today review his controversial Regensburg Address to see what it says about modern Rome.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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56 Ratings

56 Ratings

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