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1.0 out of 5 stars This is very poor, 24 April 2011
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S. Wilson "qpr-rtid" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ancient Warriors Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
I have only watched one of the episodes (the Assyrians) and it was very, very poor indeed - I don't intend to waste any more time on the rest.

It dealt at length with the cruelty of the conquering army, and detailed the atrocities it committed making it sound as though that was unusual at that period in time (which I somehow doubt), and dwelt at further length over apparently contempraneous writings regarding said cruelties.

Every army in the ancient world was "guilty" of savagery (and some may argue that not much has changed!) but I didn't learn enough about the Assyrians to keep my interest. What were they like, how did their empire grow, what weapons did they use, what tactics did they employ etc, etc. These issues were skirted over, and perhaps the programme is just not long enough to tell you anything much, but that begs the question of whether it was worth doing in the first place.

SPOILER!!!

The final nail in the coffin was when the programme ended by saying that they were finally laid low by their oldest/deadliest enemies. That was that. Not who the enemies were or how they won just a bald statement and the credits rolled.

Kudos to the Discovery channel for "doing" history, but it really needs to be done better,and in more depth, even if that means longer programmes - if a jobs worth doing, it's worth doing well. This was the "history" equivalent of a YouTube clip of a redneck with a minigun shooting up a European sports car - it looks cool, but it leaves you none the wiser about the redneck, the minigun or the sports car (...and check it out, I'm not making this up!)
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