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Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (6 DVD Gift Pack)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2010
  • Run Time: 870 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GCOQTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,946 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Description

Relive the fall of one of history’s greatest civilizations.

Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire chronicles the story of one of history’s greatest empires from its first major battle to its remarkable military feats and through its eventual fall. Told from the point of view of the Roman people under violent attack, HISTORY™ takes viewers inside the fiery battles of a civilization crumbling in the face of brutal invasions. From the first Roman-Barbarian War through the great empire’s collapse, HISTORY™ follows each harrowing moment of the famed empire’s slow decline and the human cost.

Rome was not only a city of battles, but also one of incredible  engineering feats. We take a close look at what set Rome apart from the rest of the ancient world, uncovering the hidden treasures and secrets of the city.

Disc One
The First Barbarian War: It is 113 BC. A barbarian horde known as the Cimbri smashes through the northern imperial border. The losses for the Roman legionnaires number in their hundreds of thousands and terror grips Rome, who must now decide between a dictatorship under the notorious General Marius or annihilation.
Spartacus: A Thracian warrior, Spartacus deserts the Roman army, but is captured, made a slave and forced to fight as a gladiator. But in 73 BC, the untameable barbarian leads a slave revolt of 70,000 gladiators against the Roman Republic.
Julius Caesar: It is 60 BC. The empire churns with civil war, and violence and murder run rampant in the streets. Julius Caesar, desperate for fame and honour, embarks on a brutal decade long campaign to annex Gaul and build his own reputation.
The Forest of Death: As the Roman Empire expands its reaches into what is now Germany, its legions are faced with ferocious Germanic tribesmen. In 9 AD, their chieftain, Arminius, uses his Roman military training to slaughter the Roman General Varus' army. This landmark battle establishes the Rhine River as the frontier between the Empire, and its growing barbaric enemies.

Disc Two
The Invasion of Britain: It is 47 AD. The new emperor Claudius, considered by many to be the village idiot, can only hang onto his throne by waging a spectacular conquest. He chooses Britannia, a legendary land which fascinates and inspires fear in the Romans. The Britons are led by magic wielding Druid priests and a charismatic warrior named Caratacus and resist in the face of the greatest military machine the world has ever known.
The Dacian Wars: Despite the Empire's successes, the extensive military campaigns begin to take their toll on Rome's finances. Following the murder of the unpopular Emperor Domitian a young general is proclaimed Emperor and sets out to rebuild the troubled Empire. He solves its financial problems by attacking the Dacian chieftain, Deceblas, uncovering his golden treasures, hidden in a river.
Rebellion and Betrayal: It is 162 AD. Marcus Aurelius inherits the empire at its peak. Peace and prosperity have reigned for a hundred years, and the imperial boundaries stretch from the Irish Sea to the sands of Syria. But the greater Rome grows, the bigger a target she becomes. As war breaks out on two fronts and a terrible plague seizes the population, the future of the Empire is at terrible risk.

Disc Three
Wrath of Gods: In the beginning of the third century, Rome is in crisis. Ravaged by civil war and foreign invasions it now faces an even greater challenge, the new religion of Christianity. When barbarian Goths attack the Empire's borders, and traitors rise against Emperor Philip, his trusted general Decius blames Philip's leniency toward the Christians. But soon Decius is unmasked as a traitor also, as he battles for the crown himself.
The Soldiers' Emperor: Near the end of the third century, civil war has torn the Empire apart and left its borders vulnerable to barbarian invasion. Romans living on the eastern and western frontiers, far from Rome, are left to defend themselves, which they do by building their own armies and naming their own emperors. As the empire divides against itself, one extraordinary man rises from the rank of soldier to become Emperor in Rome, his name is Aurelian.
Constantine The Great: The civil wars of the third century are finally ended by Emperor Diocletian. But rule of the Empire is now shared between three Emperors who are vying amongst themselves for power. When a new emperor, Constantine, takes power, he vows to unite the warring emperors. Defeating emperor after emperor he slowly gains control of the entire Roman Empire and establishes a new capital in the east.

Disc Four
The Barbarian General: By the end of the fourth century, Romans and barbarians live together uneasily in the Empire, a situation that often explodes into violence. When Emperor Theodosius enlists the Goths as mercenaries, he relies on his trusted general to ensure the Goths' loyalty. But when Theodosius uses the Goth soldiers as cannon fodder in a civil war it causes an immediate uprising. When the Goths realise that the Romans want nothing to do with the barbarians they will strike back against Rome itself.
The Puppet Master: In 450 AD, Rome is a mere shadow of its former self. Gone is the superior civilization and great expanses of land. Now, Roman rulers are at the mercy of their barbarian invaders, offering them power and territory in exchange for peace. In the midst of the Empire's low decline, three comrades rise in the ranks of the Roman military and compete for Imperial control.
The Last Emperor: In the middle of the fifth century, as the Empire fights a losing battle against its formidable barbarian opponents, one Roman infiltrates the Barbarian's army and schooled in the strategy of his enemy, makes his way back to Italy, determined to resurrect Rome. But when he makes a shocking discovery about the Barbarians he realises his strategy is hugely flawed, and despite fighting valiantly he meets his end at the hands of the leader of the barbarian mercenaries, an event that spells the end of Rome in 476 AD.

Bonus Documentary Modern Marvels: Barbarian Battle Tech”

Disc 5 - Ancient Rome and its Mysterious Cities

Disc 6 - Rome: Engineering an Empire

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Relive the fall of one of history s greatest civilizations.


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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire 5 Nov 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If its information on ancient Rome you are looking for, this is the series for you. Made in thirteen parts; on four DVDdiscs, each in it's own slimline plastic cover; this 640min series is absolutely packed with historical information presented in an entertaining manner. The format is the standard historical re-enactments, fleshed out with numerous maps and expert comment, but the factual content is very high indeed, and the commentary by Leif Anders runs like a particularly interesting storytale. Beginning with Marius and the Cimbri invasion in 113BC, this series covers the major events in the long history of Rome through to the final destruction of the Western Empire in 476AD as shown in the episodes listed below:-
1.The First Barbarian War.
2.Spartacus.
3.Julius Caesar.
4.The Forest of Death.
5.The Invasion of Britain.
6.The Dacian Wars.
7.Rebellion and Betrayal.
8.Wrath of the Gods.
9.The Soldiers' Emperor.
10.Constantine The Great.
11.The Barbarian General.
12.The Puppet Master.
13.The Last Emperor.
The re-enactments are on a small scale for such a massive topic, but the programmes are so well made that this minor failing does not detract from their quality. If I had to choose only one programme from the many recently published on Ancient Rome, this would be it.Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire [DVD] [2008]
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176 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Initial Thoughts 7 Jun 2010
By PA
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
No reviews so far, so I may well post my initial thoughts. Firstly, this set contains the 4 DVD History Channel's set of 'Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire'. In addition there are two extra DVDs - 'Rome: Engineering an Empire' and 'Ancient Mysteries - Ancient Rome and its Mysterious Cities'. The 4 DVD set alone can be bought for nearly double the price, so already we are into bargain territory. I'm only part way through the 4xDVD set, but in comparison to the Discovery Channel's equivalent there is far less repitition (annoying 'recap' after what would be an ad-break), and the production values are far higher. Also, the DVDs each have two or three episodes each, so although there are less discs the run-time is far greater - I can never understand why many documentary sets contain 6 or 8 discs, each with just 40 mins of material ! In total there are 14hrs of (what so far looks like) quality documentary. If you don't already own it, buy 'Ancient Rome: The rise and fall of Empire' - this BBC produced series is my personal favourite, but if you already own it, then this DVD set is a great companion piece, and represents stunning value.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A brief overview 29 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
I was attracted to this series because I'd read about the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and I wanted to learn more about one of the biggest defeats suffered by the Roman army.

I'd seen the BBC production that shares the same name as this collection, and I must admit that after watching the first episode I began to doubt the quality of the production and it bugged me. But after watching a few more episodes, I began to realise that the lower quality visuals and re-enactments are actually the series' strength. Unlike the BBC version, this History Channel production is crammed with accurate historical facts, data and critical overview from, mainly American, experts. Whereas it's easy to get distracted by the superior script/plot, stunning visuals and professional actors used by the BBC and lose track of dates, victories and who was in power.

Like others have said/written before, this production covers some relatively obscure chapters and events in Roman history. This is attractive in the sense that it reveals some of the less well known weaknesses of the Roman empire and how it evolved to put them right.

The only downside, which has already been noted, is the droning narrator and the regular references to 9/11 and the war on terror. The intermittent recaps also betray the fact that this DVD collection is an adapted/edited version of what was aired on TV and repackaged as a DVD collection.

Overall, don't expect to be amazed by stunning visuals and quality acting, but the sheer amount of concise historical fact and analysis makes it well worth the expense.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Commended 18 Sep 2010
Format:DVD
ROME THE RISE AND FALL OF EMPIRE Is a treat it is well constructed and devised more accurate than many similar -and further it is a pleasure to watch. As the reviewer has indicated prior to myself it is way ahead of the History Channel-with added plus that you decide how much of it you wish to watch at a sitting. This is very much a bargain as it contains most (arguably) decisive stages of the Roman Histories (with focus for the less aware) on the more well known episodes that decided the course and fate of Rome - eg most will be aware of the Story of Spartacus but less of General Marius both of whom were important factors in the shaping the Historical course of Rome. The Graphics are very good and the History extensive -the First Disc running to 3 hours. In all 6 discs- each different and well worth the time . This set which runs for 14 hours in total, and, is worth every penny. More so when you consider your generations will be able to watch and learn from a History of Rome which eventually shaped most of the world in all cultures.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Recaps what has just happened every 15 minutes, like what some shows do after every break. If you get it for free its worth a watch, not worth paying for tho.
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because I what to know more about the rome in this time and why rome fall and this is why I like the history
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The DVDs are wrongly numbered! Disk 1 starts with Nero. (And the cover says volume 2). Therefore I thought I had to buy "volume 1", but I canceled my order when I found this one... Read more
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Ive received the DVD on time and on good conditions.
The DVD was helpfull on my interest of Roman civilization.
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Published 12 months ago by V. Pereira
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
The re-enactments were very good but I wasn't taken by the american experts. Lots of information covering the era though.
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