9 unmissable podcasts on the Romans

From shopping to the invasion of Britain, we round up nine Roman podcasts you don't want to miss.

This article was first published online in March 2015

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c55 BC, Julius Caesar (102–44 BC), Roman general and statesman, landing his craft in the midst of a battle during his invasion of Britain. Original artwork: painting by E Armitage RA (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Inside Pompeii

Professor Mary Beard gives us an insight into the preserved Roman city of Pompeii, in this podcast from September 2008.

Also in this episode: The controversial legacy of Oliver Cromwell is discussed by Professor John Morrill, while Professor David Loades has a date with Elizabeth I and William Cecil with the help of our Time Machine.

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A Roman invasion

In this April 2012 podcast, Gillian Hovell explores the Roman invasion of Britain.

Also in this episode: Dan Jones considers Shakespeare’s treatment of Richard II.

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Roman emperors

Tom Holland speaks to us about his new book on the first five Roman emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

Also in this episode: We’re joined by historical author Amanda Foreman to discuss her new BBC TV series The Ascent of Woman.

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Mystery and drama with the Romans

Miles Russell explores the mystery of the Roman Ninth Legion, in this May 2011 podcast.

Also in this episode: Tara Hamling discusses Elizabethan drama, while Paul Addison and Jeremy Crang reveal how British morale held up during the Second World War.

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Britain under Roman rule

Manda Scott opines on the Roman occupation of Britain, in this July 2011 podcast.

Also in this episode: Tom Asbridge considers the real nature of the Crusades.

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Roman shopping

Claire Holleran takes us on a shopping trip in ancient Rome, in this podcast from December 2012.

Also in this episode: Chris Clark challenges the traditional view of the First World War's origins.

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Roman slavery

In this May 2014 podcast, Jerry Toner discusses the lives of slaves in Ancient Rome.

Also in this episode: Tim Butcher explores the life of Gavrilo Princip, killer of Franz Ferdinand.

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Roman rule in Britain

Miles Russell discusses the key moments in the Roman occupation of Britain, in this podcast from October 2010.

Also this episode: RJB Bosworth talks about Mussolini’s love life, and Dr Hannah Newton analyses the anguish of bereaved parents in the 17th century.

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A trip to Ancient Rome

Professor Mary Beard visits Ancient Rome in our Time Machine, in this podcast from February 2008.

Also in this episode: Historical writer Derek Wilson explains his nominations for the most awful years in British history.

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