Treasures of Ancient Rome

Treasures of Ancient Rome is a three-part documentary series presented by Alastair Sooke, taking an in-depth look at the art of the Roman Empire. The series was produced by the BBC, and originally aired in September 2012 on BBC Four. In the documentary Sooke sets out to "debunk the myth that Romans didn't do art and were unoriginal". This is based on the view that Romans heavily incorporated Greek style in their art, and hence produced nothing new or original. Sooke has received some criticism from the media owing to the fact that there is no consensus among academics on this topic, and hence no 'myth' exists in the first place.

Episode 1 - Warts 'n' All

Episode 1 - Warts 'n' All
Alastair Sooke traces how the Romans during the Republic went from being art thieves and copycats to pioneering a new artistic style - warts 'n' all realism.

Episode 2 - Pomp and Perversion
Alastair Sooke looks at the artistic legacy of Rome's mad, bad and dangerous emperors.

Episode 3 - The Empire Strikes Back
Alastair Sooke charts the decline and fall of the Roman Empire through some of its hidden and most magical artistic treasures.

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Roman art - wikipedia
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