What can the ancient, immortal, Roman god Mars teach us about warfare in the modern age?
Classicist Bettany Hughes investigates the enduring relationship between violence and worship by following the trail, through time, of the ancient god of war: Mars.
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Mars Uncovered: Ancient God of War on BBC Select
In this BBC history documentary, Bettany asks if celebrating war is a way of bringing societies together by creating ‘them’ and ‘us’ and how Romans, and later Christian crusaders, justified bloodshed. But can war ever be justified?