6 episodes

A regular podcast series about place and space in the ancient Roman Empire.

“I found Rome built of sun-dried bricks; I leave her clothed in marble.” - Augustus.

When in Rome Matt Smith

    • Society & Culture

A regular podcast series about place and space in the ancient Roman Empire.

“I found Rome built of sun-dried bricks; I leave her clothed in marble.” - Augustus.

    Fascist Rome

    Fascist Rome

    How has what we know of ancient Rome influenced by fascist Rome? Mussolini admired the Rome of the emperors and used it to further his own vision of Italy, changing how we interpret many of the monuments today.

    Guest: Associate Professor Flavia Marcello (School of Design, Swinburne University)

    • 29 min
    The Palatine Hill

    The Palatine Hill

    One of the seven hills of Rome, the Palatine is associated the mythical origins of the city and the very wealthy elite. It was here, starting with Augustus, that the Emperors made their home, looking down on the city they ruled over for hundreds of years. Here’s Gillian Shepherd.

    Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)

    • 29 min
    The Theatre of Pompey

    The Theatre of Pompey

    Rome didn’t get a permanent theatre until the late republic, but when they finally did it impressed all who saw it. The theatre of Pompey stood in the campus martias and entertained Romans for hundreds of years, ensuring the name of Pompeius Magnus was known by all. Oh, and Julius Caesar was killed there.

    Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

    • 28 min
    The Temple of Vesta

    The Temple of Vesta

    The Vestal Virgins carried out some of the most important rituals in the Roman Empire, and their temple was revered and unique in its structure and function. You can still see the remains of it in the Roman Forum, but as with many Roman buildings there’s less to it than meets the eye.

    Guest: Dr Peta Greenfield (Public Historian, co-host of ‘The Partial Historians’)

    • 26 min
    The Pyramid of Cestius

    The Pyramid of Cestius

    Towards the Tiber River is one of the more stranger tombs found in the city of Rome. Giaus Cestius built his pyramid when Rome’s interest in Egypt was at its peak, and it now stands as the only reminder of a forgotten Roman official.

    Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)

    • 26 min
    Curia Julia

    Curia Julia

    When the members of the Roman senate met they did so in the Curia Julia, an impressively decorated building in a prime position in the forum. It was named for Julius Caesar, and is one of the most intact Roman era buildings in the city today.

    Guest: Dr Caillan Davenport (Roman History, Macquarie University)

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

Laurajojo ,

Love this podcast!

Wish I could get the older episodes! Well written, semi-deep dive into Roman sites.

jjocarbone ,

When in Rome...

Make sure you take this podcast with you on your visit to Roma. It is indispensable for a deep dive into its history

JS7777341 ,

Excellent!!!

Brings Ancient Rome to life with in-depth discussion.

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