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.
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.
Egypt's last pharaoh, femme fatale, romantic icon, the ancient world's most famous woman, the lover of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the ruler of the Egyptian empire. This is the historical image of Cleopatra - a woman who died for love, the victim of a self-inflicted snakebite. Now 2000 years after her death, this special investigation penetrates the distant past and sheds new light on Cleopatra's extraordinary life and her mysterious death.
Cleopatra is one of the greatest icons in history. The last Queen of Egypt, she was mythologised for her beauty, her love affairs, and her suicide. Now a remarkable discovery reveals the darker side of history's great queen. This story reveals a tale of sibling rivalry, lust, incest, murder and power that destroyed an empire.
Examines the life, times, and miraculous feats of Spartacus, an outstanding commander of the ancient world, a man who came from the lowest dregs of the gutter to rise up and build an army from scratch.
A look at two famous female pharaohs, Queen Hatshepsut and Nerfertiti.
One of history's greatest military leaders, at age nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before embarking, the boy vowed eternal hatred for Rome, his people's bitter rival. Twenty years later, in 218 BC, he left New Carthage, now Cartagena, Spain, to wage war on The Eternal City with an army of about 40,000, including cavalry and elephants. After crossing the Pyrenees and Rhone River, he traversed the Alps while beset by snowstorms, landslides, and hostile mountain tribes.
A look at the scandals and intrigues of ancient Roman emperors such as Tiberius and Claudius.
Pompeii, the lost Roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, has long been a source of fascination to archaeologists. Its sister city Herculaneum, buried in the same eruption but to a much greater depth, reveals an even more complete picture of Roman life. The high temperature of surges that engulfed Herculaneum had the effect of carbonising organic matter such as wood and food, preserving them intact.
The Great Fire of Rome was the single most destructive force ever encountered by the Roman Empire, lasting nine days and leaving 10 of Rome's 14 districts burnt beyond recognition. The emperor Nero was widely believed to have started the fire as a means of destroying his aristocratic adversaries and clearing space for his Golden Palace. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to see his divine vision realised. He bowed under the pressure of public condemnation and probable punishment, and committed suicide. Two thousand years later, vital questions surrounding the fire remain unanswered. Was the fire an act of arson or an accident, and who really started it?
With revealing new and extraordinary evidence, this ground-breaking special explores a radically different vision of Stonehenge. One of the most controversial and mysterious prehistoric sites known to man. Through CGI, dramatic recreations and narration by Donald Sutherland, we transport you to the prehistoric world of Stonehenge and provide startling revelations about this archaeological mystery.
Five hundred years before Christ a young prince left his palace and set out on a journey through Northern India. His experiences became a philosophy that is now followed by over 400 million people. In the 1800s Western archaeologists and explorers stumbled upon the small village of Lumbini in Nepal where they discovered the birthplace of the Buddha, enabling them to unlock the secrets of his life.
An ambitious young king who seizes the throne of the Khmer Empire by murder, commissions the largest stone temple in the world built entirely on a swamp - the mighty temple of Angkor Wat.
Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the Western Empire.
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