Two thousand years ago, the Roman Empire was the strongest and most powerful assembly of people on Earth. In the year 73 BC, they boasted the greatest army in the ancient world, but their army was to be taken down many times over by Spartacus - an unlikely hero who achieved an extraordinary feat that would be remembered in history for decades to come.
Lavishly produced in China with a top-notch cast of Chinese actors China's First Emperor recreates the ancient Chin empire and its unique leader. Qin Shi Huangdi's amazing career as a military leader and ruthless ruler is chronicled in an action-packed, fast-paced and epic narrative. It is the story of a man who created a military superpower, built the Great Wall of China and left the world an entire army of terracotta soldiers, who guard his empire still. It is the story of Qin Shi Huangdi.
Magnificent, awe-inspiring and mysterious, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Naked Science looks at how and why it was built and examines the myths and legends surrounding one of the world's oldest man-made structures.
For the Allies, 1918 proved to be the costliest year of the war. On the Western Front 2 million British and 3 million French were either captured, wounded or killed - over a few miles of French and Belgian mud.
This is an introduction to a television series which summarises the nature of the war. 2 minutes long.
Interviewed by Robin Hughes, art historian Bernard Smith talks about his life and career. Born in Sydney in 1916, to a working-class Irish mother, Rose Anne, who came to Cairns in 1915 and fell pregnant to a gardener, Charles Smith, he grew up as a state ward with a foster family in Burwood. He got a scholarship to teacher's college and his first posting was to Murraguldrie, a "state pine forest, half way between Wagga and Tumbarumba". His next posting brought him back to Sydney, where he met his wife Kate. He gave up painting and has since taught at every level with the aim of developing an audience for art - "the essential part of his life's agenda". (From Australia, in English)
The most comprehensive portrait of Goering ever made, this documentary incorporates the most important recent single film find from the Nazi era, including never-before-seen film material shot by Goering himself. The documentary shows the many faces of Hitler's most brutal deputy and contains new facts about his drug addiction.
Art has always been Betty Churcher's private and public passion. As an educator and a gallery director, her vision was to make people see art as accessible and relevant. As Director of the National Gallery of Australia from 1990 to 1997, she oversaw both its widening public appeal and its rise as an institution of cultural significance, locally and internationally.
In this final episode Melvyn Bragg travels to the United States, examining the influences and changes that helped make American-English evolve. Words like "skyscraper", "well-heeled", "yes-man", "go-getter", "lobby" and "elevator" are all American terms.
The English language pushed hundreds of local languages aside. In Australia, English was coloured by a few of the local Aboriginal words - kangaroo, koala, boomerang, barramundi, woomera and cooee. Australian-English quickly developed its own character and was shaped not so much by the local native languages but by the regional and criminal backgrounds of the early settlers.
In Australia, English was coloured by a few of the local Aboriginal words - kangaroo, koala, boomerang, barramundi, woomera and
Captain James Cook sets sail on the history-making adventure in search of one of the great prizes of 18th century exploration, the fabled Great Southern Continent. If Britain can find and map it, they can claim it for the Empire. (TEACHERS NOTES AVAILABLE)
This episode begins In the Augustan Age - the first half of the 18th century - where admiration for Latin literary models was at its height in England. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, led a movement to fix and regulate the language on the model of Latin.
Tonight's episode focuses on Germany during the Thirty Years War, where chaos, famine and misery abounded. Crop failures and catastrophic weather had cast the country into an almost apocalyptic mood. People were only too ready to blame the horrific events of their time on witchcraft, resulting in history's worst witch hunts between 1560 und 1640.
A three-part documentary series that investigates the perceived widespread cult of witches and their persecution during and after the Inquisition. Based on recent historical research and coupled with dramatic re-enactments, this documentary traverses the image of the witch in folklore, through to the heightened public belief in witches that sparked the public denunciation of supposed witches during the era of 'witch trials' until 1782, when the last witch was burned in Europe.
After its founding at the end of the seventh century B.C., Carthage soon grew into one of greatest civilizations of the Ancient World - a remarkable city-state that dominated the Mediterranean for nearly 600 years.
After the fall of Rome, Italy slowly fell into a dark sleep. It wasn't until the 11th century when the Holy Roman Empire loosened its grip on Italy, that it reawakened. Autonomous city-states emerged, and though ravaged by waves of the plague, these tiny republics began to revitalize their cities and build on a massive level not witnessed since the rise of the Rome.
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