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  • Actors: Lyall B. Watson, Hugh Dixon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 354 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GY8Z2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,923 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Big budget, six episode BBC drama about the Roman Empire starring popular British actors. Focusing on the known history of the 500 year Roman Empire rather than fictionalising it, this drama-documentary dissects the most written about of historic periods. 500 years are covered in six episodes by focusing on key turning points for the empire.

Synopsis

This dramatised documentary series tells the story of the rise and fall of Ancient Rome through the six key turning points. Factually accurate and based on extensive historical research, it reveals how the greed, lust and ambition of men like Caesar, Nero and Constantine shaped the Roman Empire. It describes how Rome destroyed Carthage, was conquered by Caesar, how it suppressed the Jewish revolt, and converted to Christianity. CGI is mixed with compelling drama and spectacular live-action battles to tell the definitive television story of how the Empire was formed, how it achieved maximum power, and why it eventually failed.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By KN VINE VOICE on 11 July 2008
Format: DVD
Having been a history buff at school and since then reliant on the odd TV series or Hollywood remake, I decided to try out this series. It focuses on the period when the Roman Republic was crumbling (~52BC) up to the fall of Rome (476AD). I must say this was a very good series to watch, with lots of political intrigue, assassinations and some battles thrown in. The format was different with it part narrated and part dramatized, but it works quite well. The standout episode was the second one covering Nero. The actor (Michael Sheen) portraying the mad Emperor was outstanding, though I was surprised that there was no mention of the persecution of Christians in the Great Fire story.

I only gave it 4 stars because I think Ancient Rome had other critical periods too, such as the Punic Wars and the epic battles against Hannibal, and of course what happened directly after Caesar's assassination. A lot of the BBC history series tend to limit themselves to 6 episodes but I am one of those people that want more information. I think some more could have been added as extras to this DVD set. Nevertheless, I rate it very highly and recommend it happily.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Nostalgicman on 2 Nov. 2008
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While this BBC series does not have the fine scenery details and generally superior acting of HBO Rome, it is a good mixture of history and drama. Through its 6 chapters, the series touches some less known (popular) episodes of Roman history, including the emperor Constantine and his conversion to christianism, or the chain of betrayal between Rome last emperors and Allarico, king of the Godes. Overall, I highly recommend this series. I would love a more complete version that allocates a more even treatment of the almost 1000 years of Rome history: one or two episodes for every 100 years?
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brawny Withed on 27 July 2010
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When i first accidentally stumbled across this series on BBC One in 2006 i was pleasantly suprised.
The reason for this is because i have found most programmes Dramas,Comedies and Documentaries produced by the BBC in the 00's quite sanitised, overly politically correct and patronizing to anyone who has an interest in a given subject.

With 'Ancient Rome' however is a good mix of live action history and narration and is actually quite good at helping you imagine what the Roman Empire used to look like.

What also helps is the actors and actresses who participated in the programme such as Michael Sheen as Nero, David Threfall as Constantine and Sean Pertwee as Julius Caesar.

The dialogue at times can be quite shakey but luckily the actors manage to help you ignore this at times.

I would suggest this to anyone with a love for History and would be great to show children this for History Projects at school.

List Of Episodes:

1.Caesar
2.Nero
3.Jewish Rebellion
4.Revolution
5.Constantine
6.The Fall of Rome

Not as good as 'I Claudius' but definitley better and less controversial and gratitous than 'Rome'
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2011
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Ancient Rome is a fabulous series. It is a great series and it is good to have it on DVD.
. The first episode concerns the story of Caesar who brought revolution to Rome. The series begins with the end of the wars with the Gauls where Caesar is surrounded at the Battle of Alesia but soon gains victory with a brilliant counterattack.
Caesar vows to get rid of the corrupt rulers of Rome, which leads to civil war. Caesar captures Rome forcing his opposition Pompey to withdraw. Caesar then takes funds from the treasury to fund his campaigns, which include fighting opposition in Spain. Meanwhile Pompey amasses a huge army in Greece, which helps him force Caesar to retreat inland. However Caesar is once again victorious and overturns the Republic and makes himself the first emperor only to be assassinated by rival's four years later.
Episode two is about Nero who witnesses the great fire of Rome and tries to re build it in Marble and stone. This is at great expense that threatens to bankrupt Rome. Amongst other things Nero robs the temples and this turns many in the senate against him. This includes the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero that is averted. But later after the biggest arts festival in Roman history, kicking his wife to death, a tour of the empire and a lack of money, Nero is sentenced to death by the senate.
. Episode three concerns the Jewish rebellions. Titus and Vespasian lead the legions against the rebels. Vespasian becomes the new emperor after Nero. And Titus massacres the rebels.
The fourth episode features Tiberius who is defeated in a battle with rebels in Spain. He negotiates a peace treaty that the senate refuses to ratify. But he is a hero with the people and he takes his proposed land reforms to the Peoples Assembly.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2007
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This series focuses on six people and events that influenced the course of Roman civilization including Julius Caesar, the Emperor Nero, the Jewish rebellion and Constantine's conversion to Christianity. Although there are many things left out of the drama documentary, all the episodes are generally historically accurate, although many events shown could be interpreted differently to that shown. All the main characters have been well cast but specific credit must go to Michael Sheen for giving a brilliantly mad performance as the Emperor Nero. My favourite episodes in the series have to be `Rebellion', about the Jewish revolt, and the final episode `The Fall of Rome' as these were the two things in the series that I knew the least about. Although some people may disagree with some of the people and events presented in the series, Ancient Rome is still a well thought out and entertaining series.
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