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Ancient Rome (6 Disc) [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009DF3HUI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,373 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Two thousand years ago, one civilisation held the entire Western world in its grasp. From Northern Europe to Africa, it imposed laws, ideas and a single language. Rome was the superpower of the ancient world but during her dramatic rise it was not always easy to separate virtue from vice, or hero from villain.

LEGIONS OF CONQUEST
They began as proud defenders of their city and became the most successful warriors in history. Roman legions conquered nation after nation and, in doing so, fashioned the greatest empire of all time. This programme is a saga of proud men and almost unending triumph.

SEDUCTION OF POWER
At the height of her powers, Rome s army controlled three continents and fifty million people lived under her laws. Her empire was the greatest political prize the world had known. This is the story of those who would do anything to win it.

GRASP OF AN EMPIRE
Rome conquered with the brute force of her military machine, sweeping entire peoples into her empire. For those defeated nations, life would never be the same again. Travel back in time and experience the exporting of the Roman world through her glory years of triumph

CULT OF ORDER
Romans thought they had united the world. But after centuries of conquest and glory, resentment festered within. Repression and chaos replaced tolerance and order and cults of dissent emerged that threatened to divide the empire forever. This programme tracks the corruption of the values that made Rome great , as excellence gave way to excess.

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Rome had united vast lands and created more prosperity, stability and peace than ever before. But in the 3rd century AD, civil war engulfed the empire and, from every direction, enemies gathered in for the kill. The inevitable occurred in 410 AD when Rome, the historic heart of the Empire, was sacked.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steve W on 9 May 2009
Format: DVD
This DVD boxset is, I feel, worth the money. It starts with the creation of the Roman republic, goes on through various themes and topics and ends with an explanation of the Goth sackings of Rome in 410. It seems to be a joint UK/USA production, so expect comments and explanations from both American and British scholars.

It is educational, although does slightly gloss over some important bits of Roman history. It's not comprehensive (forgivable because you'd need longer than 300 minutes to do this), but good if you only had a passing knowledge of ancient Rome.

It frequently compares the ideals of Rome to the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.

It does go through the main periods of Roman history, from its foundation as a province of the Etruscans, why Rome split from the Etruscans, its early days as a Republic, events leading up to it becoming an empire, days of empire and fall of empire. If you have an average (i.e. deficient) knowledge of Rome, it will educate you.

They didn't spend much money on filming scene recreations (unlike the excellent DVD - also available on Amazon - of "Ancient Rome - The Rise and Fall of an Empire", which was filmed with original footage), and tended to use old black-and-white footage from Hollywood blockbusters to illustrate points and historic events. But you got the idea, all the same.

Even with my limited knowledge of Roman history, I noticed some factual errors (they described Octavian as Caesar's son-in-law, when really he was his great-nephew, although Octavian later claimed Caesar as his adoptive "father").

Overall, though, worth the money if you do not know much about the Roman republic/empire and want a potted history. It is watchable, and for the money, I would recommend it.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Klytaimestra on 19 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
I thought this was a bland documentary. It was very basic, with no new research. If you know anything at all about Rome, I don't think you will learn much from this. It's all old ground. The scholarship was quite poor. Legend and speculation were annoyingly related as though fact: the rape of the Sabine women, Lucretia and all that. The makers also had a pretty tedious way of comparing Rome to America whenever they could. It was clearly geared towards US audiences.

If you want a decent and insightful documentary on Rome, try the wonderful 'Ancient Rome: The Rise And Fall Of An Empire'. Engrossing.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By CJ on 12 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
This is about as low budget as it could be. There's no dramatisation at all to speak about, just occasional clips from old (black & white movies). Plus photographs and cardboard cut-out sets, all made exciting by panning the camera across them or zooming in and out. And all these laughable special effects repeated again and again from one dvd to another. This makes each dvd so similar that I keep forgetting which I've watched. You could only find this educational if you've never learnt anything about Rome before...
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
This is the worst documentary set about Rome that I have ever seen. The presentation is completely boring. Its made in association with the Discovery Channel. But you wont discover anything new here. (except that you are now lighter in the purse for buying this tripe) Dont waste your money.
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