Event: History Today at Hatchards, Socrates

T.P. Wiseman

T.P. Wiseman looks at how Roman republican ideals and the struggle between optimates and populares shaped the lives and legacies of the Roman imperator, Augustus, and his designated successor, Tiberius.

The restored version of John Martin's Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

In AD 79, Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii. Were the giants imprisoned in the earth by Hercules breaking out to take terrible vengeance on gods and men?

T.P. Wiseman looks at the development of the myth of ancient Rome, derived from the way its history has been seen.

The beauty of Sirmione, which lies at the southern tip of Lake Garda in Italy, has proved an inspiration for poets since 56 BC, as T.P. Wiseman explains.

T.P. Wiseman applauds those historians who restlessly question orthodoxies and received facts.