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Rome: A History of the Eternal City

Rome: A History of the Eternal City is a three-part BBC documentary series presented by historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, uncovering the central role played by religion in creating and maintaining the power of the city of Rome. Simon Sebag Montefiore begins the series with a look at how every event in ancient Rome revolved around religion. He charts the rocky course of Rome's rise to become the capital of Western Christendom and its impact on the lives of its citizens, elites and high priests. And finally he tells the story about Rome's rise from the abandonment and neglect of the 14th century into the everlasting seat of the papacy recognised today.

Episode 1 - City of the Sacred
Simon Sebag Montefiore looks at how every event in ancient Rome revolved around religion; he investigates how the Romans worshipped and sacrificed to the gods.

Episode 2 - Divine Gamble
Simon Sebag Montefiore charts the rocky course of Rome's rise to become the capital of Western Christendom and its impact on the lives of its citizens, elites and high priests.

Episode 3 - The Rebirth of God's City
Simon Sebag Montefiore charts Rome's rise from the abandonment and neglect of the 14th century into the everlasting seat of the papacy recognised today.


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