14 episodes

Pandemics, violent eruptions, city sackings, egomaniac emperors. Sound familiar? History always repeats itself. Archaeologist host Darius Arya Digs goes back 2000 years to uncover elements of Ancient Rome & its expansive Empire. On location from the back streets of Rome to the bazaar of Cairo, from the Agora of Athens to the Medina of Tunis, and from the Vatican Museums to the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace of Split. Episodes drop each Monday!

Rome & Empire with Darius Arya Digs Darius Arya, archaeologist, TV host

    • History
    • 4.7, 29 Ratings

Pandemics, violent eruptions, city sackings, egomaniac emperors. Sound familiar? History always repeats itself. Archaeologist host Darius Arya Digs goes back 2000 years to uncover elements of Ancient Rome & its expansive Empire. On location from the back streets of Rome to the bazaar of Cairo, from the Agora of Athens to the Medina of Tunis, and from the Vatican Museums to the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace of Split. Episodes drop each Monday!

    Diocletian's palace in Split, Croatia, from above and below

    Diocletian's palace in Split, Croatia, from above and below

    Diocletian is the third century emperor that brought the Empire back from the brink of collapse.  After generations of uncertainly, his will, administration, military prowess and ruthless drive established a new period of calm that rippled through the Roman empire! Then, he retired in his bespoke fortified villa that became the core of Split, Croatia.  Today it is a UNESCO site and also the location for many a scene in Game of Thrones.  Explore above and below the site with Darius on his recent visit!

    • 45 min
    Games of Thrones season 8 / Dubrovnik exploration with Ivan Vuković

    Games of Thrones season 8 / Dubrovnik exploration with Ivan Vuković

    Season 8 of Game of Thrones is upon us! So Darius travels to King's Landing & the real-life grandeur of Dubrovnik.  Darius explores Fort Lovrijenac (Red Keep on GOT), walks along the city's 2km walls, looking for Cersei.  Luckily, local guide & GOT expert Ivan Vuković of Dubrovnik-tourist-guides.com reveals the city's history and tons of insider knowledge on GOT8. They also discuss overtourism that threatens the city more than Daenerys' dragons! 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ides of March: walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar in Rome on his last day!

    Ides of March: walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar in Rome on his last day!

    The assassination of Julius Caesar is one of history's most famous murders.  Darius talks with author/ historian Barry Strauss, who has written the definitive book on Caesar's last days.  Join Darius on a real time walk from Julius Caesar's house in the Forum past all of the famed archaeological sites of Ancient Rome to the site of his assassination at Largo Argentina.  You've never experienced the Ides of March like this! 

    • 52 min
    Ten! Ten Emperors with Barry Strauss

    Ten! Ten Emperors with Barry Strauss

    Who were the most important emperors in ancient Rome, for better and for worse?  There are so many to choose from- and Darius explores Rome's best and worst rulers with author Professor Barry Strauss on the launch of his newest book: 10 Caesars!  So let's explore from Augustus to Constantine, and Darius always has an eye on the emperors' impact on Rome itself.  

    • 39 min
    Green gold- dipping into the world class olive oil of Italy

    Green gold- dipping into the world class olive oil of Italy

    Who doesn't like olive oil?  It's an essential component of the Mediterranean diet.  So, it's high time to really learn the ins and outs of what defines "excellent" olive oil. Darius turns to a world class expert, Johnny Madge (johnnymadge.com), who lives in the Sabina region.  He is a true olive oil expert and world traveling judge of olive oils worldwide! So sit back and soak up his words of wisdom that will resonate with you, on your next trip to the store in search of the good stuff!

    • 48 min
    Let's make some ancient chocolate in Modica, Sicily! Step into the kitchen of Antica Dolceria Bonajuto!

    Let's make some ancient chocolate in Modica, Sicily! Step into the kitchen of Antica Dolceria Bonajuto!

    Darius travels to southeast Sicily, to the late Baroque city Modica, to explore the legendary home of Italy's best chocolate. There is no better place than Antica Dolceria Bonajuto to learn about why chocolate found its home here. Darius enters the kitchen with Pierpaolo Bonajuto (his family has been making chocolate here since 1880- 6 generations) and discusses tradition and evolution. You'll fantasize about the food (chocolate, cannoli and more) for the whole week!

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

ReyCee1 ,

The Mediterranean in your pocket

Travel: In Situ is a wonderful way to learn more about the wonders and culture of Italy and the Mediterranean. Darius has a great style and approach to the various personalities and environments that he is experiencing. The result is that your learn and also connect the topics to your life wherever you are.

29708keko ,

Next best thing to being there

The podcast is a great way to bridge modern Italy & it’s history. Through modern sounds & narration we understand not just modern life & culture but are transported back in time. You hear the modern market & vendors bringing the past vividly to life. With the expertise of Darius we get a full picture of where & how these places came to be & why they’re still relevant today. Well worth the time.

Mtmahall ,

If you can’t be in Roma...

We can’t always be in Rome (not everyone is so lucky) so the next best thing is to listen to Darius Arya’s great podcast series. You’ll get a feel of today’s Rome with all the interesting ancient history needed for perspective. Listen, enjoy and subscribe!

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