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Ancient Rome The Rise And Fall Of An Empire [DVD]

Lyall B. Watson , Hugh Dixon    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GY8Z2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,540 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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.

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Starring: Sean Pertwee ; David Threlfall ; Catherine McCormack ; Michael Sheen ; Geraldine James 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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good series...but wish it covered more 11 July 2008
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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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:

3.Jewish Rebellion
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent production 15 Sep 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Viewable but with a few reservations 28 Jan 2008
The thing that I find disturbing with this series is that some of the episodes remind me of long, Hollywoodesque, film trailers. The commentary sounds a bit too much like the bumper-sticker English we are used to in disaster films like Armageddon. Not even the best actors can conceal the fact that their lines are a bit too two dimensional.
BUT, when you stop focusing on the negative, the series still provides both interesting facts and entertainment. However, in my opinion it does not reach the heights of 'I Claudius' or 'Rome'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Roman TV
This is a sequence of docu-dramas on six major events that took place during the Roman Republic and later Empire. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Constantius10
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacked continuity
An apparently random selection OF Roman rulers.
Invented drama based on outline facts about each selected Roman.
Published 1 month ago by J. Hallam
5.0 out of 5 stars 2000 years
It does make one wonder what we have achieved in 2000 years.
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Published 7 months ago by Thomas Millett
4.0 out of 5 stars historical
a different slant on a theme there are better on the market but still this had points of interest. some of the characters where not fleshed out as they could have been but for all... Read more
Published 7 months ago by gordon gray
5.0 out of 5 stars History in an accessible format
This is incredibly entertaining with good actors and presentation, without compromising the educational and factual value of the programme, offering a good source of information... Read more
Published 9 months ago by BineyBottles
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood at its worst
I presume hollywood. A glamourised, glitzy production of one of the most dramatic periods of history. totaly spoilt by a seeming obsession with sleaze rather than pivotal moments.
Published 16 months ago by Jennifer Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Serie
Ive received the DVD on time and on good conditions.
The DVD was helpfull on my interest of Roman civilization.
Published 16 months ago by V. Pereira
3.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Rome The rise and fall of an empire
Seems to be comparable with other histories of the period but there are some inaccuracies. I'll run it by my mother-in-law.
Published 18 months ago by Higgerunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative and interesting but lacking authenticity
This DVD explained in a fair amount of detail six important parts of Roman history. Sadly, there appeared to be no effort to choose actors who even remotely resembled their famous... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ben N
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
There arent that many series around that depict ancient rome and its important events with such accuracy and entertainment. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mark Turner
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