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Supported by 3D graphics, Dr. Darius Arya explains the purpose and architectural significance of ancient Roman buildings.

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Pompey the Great gets around Roman law to build his theater.
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The Roman Forum was once the center of commercial, religious and political life.
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The Temple of Jupiter, a symbol of the Romans' power and supremacy, was the most important temple in the ancient city.
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The history of the Stadium of Domitian, built as part of Emperor Domitian's (AD 51-96) palace.
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The Pantheon, dedicated to the pantheon of Roman gods, is the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world.
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Ostia Antica started as a fort near the sea along the Tiber River, but it grew to a large city supplying Rome with trade goods from around the world.
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Emperor Trajan commissioned an enormous hexagonal port at Ostia to bring goods to Rome.
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The Forum of Peace housed the Forma Urbis, an extremely detailed map of the ancient city.
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The Forum of Augustus became the model for all other forums created after it and was protected by an enormous fire-proof wall.
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After the great fire of AD 64, Emperor Nero took a third of Rome to build his Golden House, which contained a lake and vaulted, decorated ceilings.
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An account of the Senate, how it burned several times, and how much of the ancient city was recycled in later phases of building.
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The history of the Colosseum, which Nero confiscated to build his Golden House and was eventually taken back by the Flavian Emperors to build a sporting arena.
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Dr. Darius Arya describes the Circus, one of Rome's oldest monuments, as the biggest sporting venue in the ancient world and capable of holding at least 150,000 spectators.
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Dr. Darius Arya explains how the Roman baths functioned with radiant heating, and recounts the importance of the baths in the daily lives of ancient Romans.
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Archaeologist Dr. Darius Arya explains that Emperor Augustus declared peace throughout the Roman Empire and commissioned the Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace) to commemorate the occasion.