Ancient Rome Anthology

Ancient Rome Anthology

DVD - 2012
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Disc 6. "In Rome, the past meets the present on every block and under every street. Rome's underground is filled with evidence of life during the empire, and all of Rome's most infamous rulers left remnants of their reign underground. Join host Eric Geller as he discovers what life was like during Nero's tyranny and Augustus reforms in Rome's hidden empire. And go deeper into the ancient city where a labyrinth of dark tunnels and arcane ritual chambers entombed pagans. Christians and Jews for hundreds of years in The Catacombs of Rome. Finally, discover how the Romans used the wealth and knowledge of previous societies, like the Greeks and Etruscans, to create a secure structure to unite a multitude of different cultures. Ancient Rome and its Mysterious Cities uncovers the secrets and hidden treasures of Rome's mysterious ancient cities."
Disc 5. "Rome was often a complex combination of the glorious and the outrageous, the dazzling and the lewd, the majestic and the shockingly brutal. Nowhere is this seen more than through its monuments. There were splendid arenas where no form of torture was deemed too cruel, places of worship where the gods were honored with shocking ritualistic sacrifices, and pleasure palaces where wanton sexual depravity was encouraged. There was also its spectacular highway system, built on the backs of conquered cultures. But could this brilliant achievement have paved the road to ruin by leading its enemies straight to its heart?"
Disc 4. "The Roman Empire was once an insignificant pastoral settlement. But over the course of a few hundred years, it rose to become the most powerful empire in world history. It has left a permanent imprint of its material and cultural achievements. At the top of the list: its engineering feats. Using advanced CGI imagery, this special explores the Roman engineering marvels that reveal the ingenuity of their builders and the vision of their leaders."
Disc 3. "An understanding of Ancient Rome wouldn't be complete without including Julius Caesar, Caligula and Constantine. Their names are legend, their actions infamous, and their wanton lust for power seemingly endless. With dramatic re-enactments and action-packed battle scenes, you'll see Julius Caesar and Constantine at work in an attempt to achieve and maintain greatness at any cost. And Caligula...well, they say he was insane. He killed on a whim and was one of the most feared and powerful men in the ancient world."
Disc 2. "The battle for power continues...Watch Carthaginian general Hannibal inflict one of the greatest defeats ever on the forces of Rome. With troops numbering far less than the Roman army's eight legions, Hannibal nonetheless manages a double envelopment of the Roman forces to kill them all. And Crassus may have been the richest man in Rome, but he was the poor relation in the First Triumvirate. His vanity cost him the lives of seven legions, his son, and his own head. And in the farthest flung province of the Roman Empire, Britain, a warrior queen named Boudicca leads one of the most violent rebellions against Roman domination in British history. And last, but certainly not least, witness the classic conflict between two dominant military systems of the Ancient World. On one side, the Macedonian phalanx, the fighting force that conquered the world under Alexander the Great, and on the other, the Roman Legion, the unit that was to hold the Pax Romana for hundreds of years."
Disc 1. "We explore four significant battles in Roman history and the people and events surrounding them. Spartacus tells the famous story of the slave and gladiator with a famous gift for leadership, who led a massive slave revolt against Rome at the height of her power. In Hail Caesar!, Julius Caesar, leader of the Roman troops, goes head to head with Gnaeus Pompey, champion of the Senate, after years of pursuing one another. It's Roman vs. Roman for control of the empire, Herman the German covers perhaps the most brutal battle for Rome, in which the Romans were betrayed by the patrician leader Arminius. They were led into the middle of a dense forest and ambushed in a slaughter that lasted three whole days and killed ten percent of their fighting force. In The Gothic Invasion of Rome, it's 378 AD, and the Roman Empire is crumbling. The once mighty power is now split in two, and the barbarians are literally at the gates, set for another and perhaps final gruesome clash."

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Mar 26, 2017

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GerhardHenkemans
Oct 31, 2013

This anthology was produced by the History Channel. It's description of Decisive Battles using digital figures is confusing, repetitive and missing a lot of relevant facts. The biographies of Julius Caesar, Caligula and Constantine dwell more on the sensational side and again are superficial missing a lot of relevant facts that would make the events more understandable. Constantine appears to have been vetted by the Christian Church and presents stories told by Eusebius, a bishop who hadn't met the Emperor until 325 AD, as fact. A number of statements made in the series are completely incorrect. This series is history light made for TV and should not be considered an authoritative source of information.

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