This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, family mayhem, acts of vengeance and the ever-evolving tension, turmoil and chaos that shaped these civilisations and led to their destruction from within. Rome's first dynasty, founded by Julius Caesar, ruled the Empire for 100 years. From Caesar's murder on the floor of the Senate to the mad emperors Caligula and Nero, and the ruthless nymphomaniac Valeria Messalina, this chapter in the Roman Empire offers enough intrigue, betrayal, perversion and murder for an entire series.
It's mid-November and the tribe are worried whether Mel's plan to ration the food for the remaining two and a half weeks will work. Paul Barnes isn't convinced: he's been busy setting deer traps. Although unsuccessful, he and Mike are exhausted from hours of hunting. Paul becomes more and more desperate in his pursuit of wild game and more and more exhausted. With Paul on the verge of collapse, an unlikely hero steps up - JP. With no hunting experience, can he tap into his primal instincts and bring back a boar?
Winter is approaching and the tribe needs to ensure they have enough food and wood to survive the next four weeks. Since Steve left, Mel is in charge of rations. Paul has had bronchial pneumonia for three days, but when he returns to the camp he challenges Mel on her plan. With so much work to do, the tribe can't afford to lose another member.
Explore the engineering and architectural feats that were characteristic of some of the greatest societies the planet has ever seen.
Day 22: after the evacuation due to heavy snow, the remaining seven tribe members continue the experiment. They must preserve and store every last ounce of a deer carcass for the remainder of the five weeks, which causes a disagreement within the group. Leader Steve decides to leave the tribe and Mel steps up but Josie does something inconceivable to JP, making any chance of survival look bleak.
After 10 days living in the Stone Age, 12 members remain and food rations are desperately low. As temperature drops, mum Rachel is struggling. During snow fall, the situation becomes dangerous and there's no choice but to evacuate to modern day, giving everyone a taste of what they're missing.
Day eight: the tribe only have enough rations to get them through another day. Steve uses the last of his dried meat rations to bait a fishing basket, hoping to catch something that will save the group from hunger. But when he finds just two small crayfish, the pressure is on.
Four days ago, twenty modern Britons entered the Stone Age. They have just a few days of rations left and their energy levels are dropping. Two kilometres to the west of their Stone Age camp is a lake teeming with protein-rich fish. Leader Steve Nicholson takes a party on a mission, but with no compass, map or GPS device, it's no easy task.
Three days in 10,000 BC and the tribe's first morning without mentor stone age archaeologist Klint Janulis. It's down to the remaining eighteen strangers to work together if they're to stand any chance of surviving the next eight weeks. Emotions are high and food rations are low; it's up to designated leader Steve to make sure the group survives.
Twenty men and women from every conceivable walk of life in modern society are about to find out the hard way how we've changed as humans since our stone age ancestors. They've agreed to give up everything to live in the wilderness as a stone age community. In the first episode, contestants swap their iPhones and modern clothes for animal skins, basic tools and a pile of flint.
In a newly excavated tomb in the Valley of the Kings, a team from the University of Basel have found at least 30 bodies. But who are all these people? To solve this puzzle, the team must work with the fragments of evidence that remain, including dozens of broken pots. When these are reassembled they reveal the names of many of the occupants, including several royal princesses. The team turn to Professor Frank Ruehli, world-renowned physical anthropologist from Zurich University, to see what information he can glean from the broken mummies themselves. He soon establishes that there are not 30 bodies, but more than 90, and most of them are women from the time of Amenhotep III.
In 2011 a team from the University of Basel made two astonishing discoveries in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. By chance they came across a new tomb that was the first to contain a body since the discovery of Tutankhamun. Then they discovered that the tomb beside it, which had never been excavated before, held the bodies of around 50 people. But who were all the people in these two linked tombs? This film follows the archaeological detective story to uncover the answer. It pursues the trail that leads to one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs, Amenhotep III - and to the women he was close to. And the film also reveals the astonishing project behind the re-emergence nearby of the largest temple ever built in ancient Egypt - the lost mortuary temple of the same pharaoh, Amenhotep III.
This final episode charts how Egypt's enemies exploit a country weakened by internal strife, ultimately leading to its destruction.
Historian Bettany Hughes recalls the time that marked Rome's symbolic break with its 1000-year pagan past - the day in 337 AD that Emperor Constantine the Great was baptised a Christian. It was a moment of profound significance not just for the empire, but for the history of the world and one of its major religions. Constantine was one of the last great Roman emperors to rule over a united empire, giving it a new capital - Constantinople, today known as Istanbul - a city which would one day eclipse Rome as the greatest city on Earth.
Historian Bettany Hughes explores the day in AD 80 when the Colosseum opened its gates for the first time. For new emperor Titus, the spectacular games and events were an opportunity to win over the people and secure his place on the imperial throne, but why did the Romans - cultured and civilised in so many ways - enjoy witnessing such brutality and bloodletting? Bettany travels across the Roman world in a bid to find answers.
Overview of Nero
Historian Bettany Hughes focuses on events leading up to and after June 9, 68 AD, when Emperor Nero took his life. She examines his relationship with his mother, fondness for debauchery and how casual violence and murder began to destabilise what had once been touted as a new 'golden age' for Rome. Nero's death plunged the empire into anarchy and civil war. From here on in, the Roman Empire would be plagued by military coups and revolt, one of the crucial factors in its eventual decline.
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