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'Rome' tells the story of the Eternal City through seven moments of defeat

“Romans, let these be your arts,” the hero Aeneas is sternly told in the underworld by the shade of his father, “to teach the ways of peace to those you conquer; to spare the meek, and to war down the proud.”

It was an anthem fit for the of the surging new Rome being built by Caesar Augustus, the theme of a national epic crafted out of pride and valor. But it had a blind spot

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