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Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories – from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia – still strike a chord with us, and its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world’s foremost classicists. Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting fresh light on Roman culture – from slavery to running water – as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome. We are delighted to welcome Mary to Ely Cathedral; don’t miss this highlight of our Autumn Festival!