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Why Rome continues to underpin western culture and politics - an extract from Mary Beard's book 'SPQR'

A pair of Italian men dressed as a former Roman emperor and gladiator, who make their living posing with tourists, use a special filter to view a partial eclipse of the sun outside the Colosseum in Rome March 29, 2006.   REUTERS/Chris Helgren - GM1DSGPXDHAA

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Mary Beard
Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge
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