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Rick Steves' Europe: Ancient Roman Art

Season 12 Episode 1203 | 25m 37s

Follow Rome’s rise through its awe-inspiring art, starting at Rome’s humble birthplace in the Forum. Soon Rome is graced with supersized monuments like the majestic domed Pantheon and the Colosseum, where gladiators battled to the death. We also get a glimpse of Rome’s more intimate side: the colorful mosaics, luxurious frescoes, and realistic portraits of the solid citizens who made Rome great.

Aired: 09/30/23 | Expires: 12/13/23
Distributed nationally by American Public Television
Extras
Appraisal: French Tabernacle Door, ca. 1800
Appraisal: KPM 'The Hermit' Porcelain Plaque, ca. 1900
Appraisal: Jean Harlow-signed Photo, ca. 1930
Appraisal: Gorham Sterling Silver Polar Bear Ice Pick, ca. 1870
Appraisal: Cartier Art Deco Match Safe, ca. 1925
Appraisal: 1995 Muhammad Ali-signed Tablecloth
Appraisal: Tiffany & Co. Sapphire & Diamond Ring, ca. 1925
Appraisal: Chinese Lacquered Wood Japanese-style Geese, ca. 1920
Appraisal: 1969 George Rodrigue 'House in Washington' Oil
Appraisal: F. Douglass Letter & Free Will Baptist Church Archive
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