How pirates destroyed the capital of the Roman slave trade

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The island of Delos in Greece was described by ancient Roman writers as 'the biggest market on the whole planet' and it became the heart of the Roman slave trade. However, Delos was heavily reliant on an uneasy relationship with pirates - one that would eventually cause its downfall.

Classical scholar Mary Beard explores and explodes the myths of the Roman Empire in Rome: Empire Without Limits which can be watched in full on BBC Select.

Publish : 2021-09-06 12:22:00

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