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The Colosseum of Rome

Click here for Episode 34 We who are about to podcast salute you! Titus comes back for one more round as he unveils his father's masterpiece: the Flavian Amphitheater, a.k.a. the Colosseum. The stadium on which all future stadia have been based is a magnificent creation, site of gladiatorial combat, public executions, and emperors giving thumbs up and thumbs down. Dr Peta Greenfield of the Partial Historians podcast drops by to talk about Vespasian, Titus, and the gladiators themselves. We discuss visiting Rome, gorging on gelato, and the joys of exploring the living city. The recipe is bruschetta, the perfect appetizer of which you've probably only had disappointing versions. Not this tim

Pompeii and Herculaneum

Click here for episode 33 The volcano Vesuvius still looms of the ruined Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, along the coast of Southern Italy. Dr. Fiona Radford from the Partial Historians stops by to discuss these accidental wonders: towns whose destruction have preserved a remarkable view of Roman daily life. We follow Pliny the Elder as he ventures to his death, pillow strapped to his head. There's chaos, destruction, drama, and weird fish sauce! Plus I cannot be so close to Naples without talking about pizza, that most glorious gift to the world. Check out the Partial Historians at www.partialhistorians.com #Rome #Pompeii #Herculaneum #Titus #PlinytheElder #PlinytheYounger #Vesvius

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