This week on Classics Confidential Professor Mary Beard tells us about her new three-part BBC series MEET THE ROMANS, the first episode of which will be shown in the UK next Tuesday (April 17th) at 9pm. This series tells the story of Rome from the bottom up, focussing on the ordinary people who inhabited the city, rather than the emperors and politicians who ruled over them. We learn about the evidence used to reconstruct these (extra)ordinary lives, and get a glimpse of some of the colourful characters who will be featured in the programmes – such as Calidius Eroticus (‘Mr Hot-Sex’) and his wife Fannia Voluptas, and the eleven year old poet Sulpicius Maximus, whose very special tombstone you can see reproduced here.

You can read more about the programme and watch a clip on the BBC website. Mary Beard’s blog A Don’s Life reports on both the ancient and modern world.

Follow this link or click on the image below to watch our interview.