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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire [DVD]

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  • Actors: Lyall B. Watson, Hugh Dixon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GY8Z2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,280 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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The BBC has excelled in this TV documentary about the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. The acting is superb and coupled with the accompanying background and scenery settings the effects are stunning. The prodction has been carefully researched and the best authorities consulted. This is the way to study the ancient world and watch it come alive on two DVDs.
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The aim of the series is worthy - tell us about key events in the history of ancient Rome in an entertaining manner. Unfortunately the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The stories themselves are so truncated and so many key factors in play at the time of the episode in question are left out that the history is inadequate, and sometimes misleading. Aspects of the production values are also actively misleading - Roman soldiers did not use the same arms and armour throughout the centuries covered by this series, but the producers couldn't afford to reflect that (it seems) so we have imperial armies still in republican kit while people's garb remains the same over centuries. It's a bit like a reconstruction of the First World War using muskets and muzzle-loaded cannons Waterloo-style and with the politicians wearing doublets and hose. Nor are the battle scenes a fair reflection of the way Romans fought - here they are just another rabble, all the things that made them different (and victorious) omitted. It's difficult to avoid the impression that this series was got together in a hurry and on the cheap to take spin-off advantage of the "Rome" drama series.
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