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Rick Steves’ Europe: Art of the Roman Empire

Season 12 Episode 1204 | 25m 19s

With its vast empire, ancient Rome gave Europe its first common culture. From England to Turkey, we explore the greatest Roman cities, marveling at their over-the-top art, soaring aqueducts, and crowd-pleasing theaters. As Rome fell, saints replaced Caesars and Christianity filled the vacuum with art-filled churches—preserving the grandeur of imperial Rome and inspiring the Europe to come.

Aired: 09/30/23
Distributed nationally by American Public Television
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