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.
We peel back the layers of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to reveal its incredible engineering secrets, and vividly bring to life the astonishing story of its construction.
Hatshepsut - The daughter and also the wife of a king, Hatshepsut wanted to be king, not queen, and she succeeded. She pushed her nephew and rightful heir to the throne, Tuthmoses III, aside and for 22 years ruled as King of Upper and Lower Egypt. She wore the pharoah's false beard of authority and is shown in her statues wearing male garb.
Terry Jones immerses himself in the world of the 'barbarians' of the East - the Greeks and the Persians - and discovers that it was they who were the brains of the ancient world and the Romans the destroyers of progress.
The stunning tale of the building of the most spectacular - and impossible - monument in the Americas - the sacred mountain-top city of Machu Picchu.
Akhenaten - At the end of the 18th dynasty a great heresy plagued Egypt. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten and declared that there is but one god, Aten the solar disk. He moved the capital of Egypt form Thebes to a desert wilderness which he called the Horizon of the Aten. Along with the change in religion, Akhenaten changed the 2000 year cannon of Egyptian art from highly stylized formal presentations to natural poses and subjects.
According to Rome, German barbarians were among the most brutal of all. Terry Jones discovers that when it came to brutality, it was the Romans who were the masters and the Germans merely rebelled against Roman occupation.
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