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01Africa Begins At Rome2002061620030728

Broadcaster, writer and former director of ENGLISH National Opera Dennis Marks takes a journey from Rome to Brindisi along the first super-highway of the Western world.

In the company of politicians, historians, writers, musicians and the ancient Latin poet Horace, he follows the ancient road into an Italy almost unknown to the casual traveller.

02The Queen Of Roads2002062320030729

Broadcaster, writer and film-maker Dennis Marks continues his journey along the first super-highway of the Western world.

This week he passes the Pontine Marshes, where Mussolini built new towns for the citizens of his third Roman Empire, the coastal pleasure palaces of the Emperor Tiberius and Lady Emma Hamilton, before ending up in a General Strike and a war between two pizzerias in the port of Naples.

03Christ Stopped At Eboli2002063020030731

Dennis Marks continues his journey along the first super-highway of the Western world.

This week he leaves the chaotic and hedonistic city of Naples and passes through the ancient towns of Capua and Benevento on his way to the bleak and hostile landscape of Basilicata, scene of Carlo Levi's remarkable memoir of the Fascist years Christ Stopped at Eboli.

04Mezzogiorno2002070720030801

Dennis Marks continues his journey along the first super-highway of the Western world.

In today's programme he crosses the region of Puglia in the heel of Italy, a deeply rural culture closer to Greece and Albania than it is to Rome, and reaches his destination at the port of Brindisi.