This program, the third in the series, examines the way in which the Romans behaved during their 400-year-long occupation of the country and concludes that the benign image of Roman Britain that arose during the Victorian era needs to be radically revised.
The concluding episode of this documentary exploring the origin and history of the ancient Olympic Games. This part compares the ancient and modern versions of the Games, which - although conceived in different societies with different moral codes - have become more similar as time progresses. Especially examined is the culture of cheating, from a wrestler banned in 496 BC for 'clinching' to a fencer in 1972 who made sure of victory by altering his foil to 'score' whatever he did, and from a marathon runner in 1904 who took an 11-mile trip in a car to the Emperor Nero, who fell off his chariot in AD 67 yet bribed the judges to have him declared winner of the race.
This series recreates the building of the Great Pyramid of Khufu through the story of a conscripted labourer, Nakht. Life in ancient Egypt is reconstructed based on archaeological artefacts and writings, with computer generated images and impressive 3D graphics illustrating the scale and internal structure of the pyramid.
This documentary explores the origin and history of the ancient Olympic games - a contest of athletic prowess that began 2500 years ago in celebration of the god Zeus and featured sacrifice, feasting and processions. But there are aspects of that ancient competition that are strangely similar to today's Games.
One of the cruellest, most demeaning and excruciating ways to die. Since the Romans chose this as their method to execute Jesus Christ, most people wrongly associate crucifixion as a strictly sacred or religious symbol. In fact crucifixions didn't start with the Romans.
Nearly 3000 years ago, a tiny group of tribes in the land of Canaan gave birth to a nation and a religion, a religion that would dare to redefine humanity's relationship with God. Kingdom of David: The Saga Of The Israelites tells the epic story of the Israelites and the creation of the world's first and most profoundly influential, monotheistic religion.
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The second episode explores one of the most vivid and crucial events in the 400-year-long history of Roman Britain, the widespread rebellion spearheaded by the famous warrior queen known as Boudicca.
The Hittite Empire was a major force in the ancient Near East between 1650 and 1200 BC. With photography from historical sites and museums of Turkey, Syria and Egypt, plus on location interviews with world renowned scholars, The Hittites traces the history of these people. Through the use of digital technology and dramatic re-enactments, key moments in Hittite history comes alive as audience journey back in time to experience what it meant to be a Hittite 3500 years ago. This documentary revolves around the personal stories of the six most influential kings and queen of the empire. Highlights include: The battle of Kadesh between the Hittites and Rameses II of Egypt, a turning point for the Near East and resulting in the first written peace agreement in history, The marriage between the Hittite King Hattusili III and Puduhepa, regarded as one of the greatest love stories of the ancient world, The plague which swept through the Near East and crippled Anatolia, The Hittite pantheon of Gods, which was the precursor of the Greek pantheon. This feature length programme is a discovery of a long forgotten civilisation which had the most advanced legal system of its time and had the oldest known Indo-European language in history.
Tutankhamun: Secrets Of The Boy King shows how new research is revealing previously unknown details about the real pharaoh behind the iconic gold mask. This film follows the Earl of Carnarvon - whose great-grandfather helped discover Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 - as he travels across Egypt, examining recent finds that will change our image of the boy king forever.
This programme, the first in the series, tells the exciting story of how and why the Romans invaded Britannia in the year AD 43. It shows that the invasion was rooted in two things, the emperor Claudius's desire to strengthen his grip on power by chalking up a major military conquest and the Roman state's intention to exploit the rich reserves of gold, silver, corn, timber and other natural resources the island was known to possess.
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