Eight Days That Made Rome

Bettany Hughes relives eight pivotal days that defined the Roman Empire and made it the world's first superpower.

Eight Days That Made Rome

In this landmark documentary series award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes presents a strikingly fresh appraisal of Rome’s rise and fall.  


In each episode Hughes chooses one critical day in which the fate of the Empire and its people hang in the balance.   These are the Eight Days when iconic events and legendary characters collide to change the course of history; when heroes become despots; when victory is wrenched from the jaws of defeat; when spectacle becomes ideology and when a death-bed confession revitalises an empire.


Hughes’s chosen days explore Scipio’s redemptive victory over Hannibal, the birth of the Spartacus slave revolt, Julius Caesar’s fateful crossing of the Rubicon River, Augustus outwitting Mark Anthony, the violent defilement of Boudicca, the opening of the Colosseum, the suicide of Nero and the day Constantine, close to death, is baptised as a Christian.

Production Detail

Broadcaster: Channel 5

Year: 2017

Length: 8 x 60