Murder in the Roman world

Betwixt The Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society


The Ancient Romans are often thought of as ahead of their time. They invented concrete, sophisticated road systems and even underfloor heating.

But their approach to murder is starkly different to how the modern world recognises it, and frankly it’s a bit weird. These people saw 26 emperors murdered in one 50-year period, and would watch people being killed for entertainment in the Colosseum.

Today Kate is Betwixt the Sheets with Emma Southon to talk murder in Ancient Rome.

You can find out more about Emma’s book here.

WARNING: There is adult content and explicit words in this episode.

Senior producer: Charlotte Long. Producer: Sophie Gee. Mixed by Stuart Beckwith.

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