Recorded on November 1, 2008.
Rome is fondly known as the Eternal City, and surely no metropolis in the world better reflects the history of humankind’s ambition and ingenuity. At every turn, visitors and locals come upon marvels of ancient engineering that continue to awe: generous roads, vaulting domes, immense baths and amphitheatres, winding aqueducts, and gravity-defying bridges. Adriano La Regina describes the raison d’être and the continuing influence of a variety of ruins along the Appian Way and elsewhere, including Nero’s Golden Pavilion and the Caesars’ palace in this celebration of Roman achievement and its continuing importance to civilization.
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