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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire [DVD]
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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.
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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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.
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.
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6.The Fall of Rome
Not as good as 'I Claudius' but definitley better and less controversial and gratitous than 'Rome'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A modern BBC series that focuses on a different period in each episode. Factual and informative. Poor choice of title as another series has the same name and also because this is... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed watching these. There are a few episodes charting different points in Roman history. Some liberties are taken with the history, but that is to be expected, being tv! Read morePublished 2 months ago by T HOWARD
I bought this for last years Christmas present and we watched it during the year. It was fantastic and gave a clear overview of many of the stories of ancient Rome that we knew... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hawkins
This is really very good. It was made around the same time as the truly superb Rome - a BBC/HBO collaboration. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BermondseyStu
The dvd came on time and in very good condition. The film itself is a bit too short to cover the entire ancient rome, but it is interesting for people in general.Published 6 months ago by Filmbug