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SIX OF THE BEST: ROMAN SITES TO VISIT

FISHBOURNE PALACE West Sussex

Get a feel for how the upper crust of Roman society lived as you walk through Fishbourne Palace

The ruins at Fishbourne are the remains of a massive palace that was as large as the Imperial Palace in Rome itself. It was one of the largest Roman houses in the entire Empire. The site boasts a museum packed with artefacts found at the site as well as exhibits. The most luxurious wing of the palace is open to the public. The rooms include mosaics of outstanding quality including a stunning dolphin design. The garden is worth a look too, as it has been replanted to be authentic to the Roman period. The palace was built in about AD 90, but mystery surrounds who could have afforded such a vast residence. The most likely person was a local ruler named Cogidubnus. The palace was abandoned after a fire around AD 280.

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On 20 July 1969, Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the Moon – bringing the Space Race to an end. Half a century on, we examine this and 49 other great leaps in history, each of which has shaped the world as we know it today. Plus: Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II smites his foes, an Indian ‘princess’ becomes a WWII spy in occupied France, the hidden history of drug use in antiquity, plus we examine Chicago’s darkest days – the Red Summer race riot of 1919