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.
Terry Jones reveals the image of savages, hell bent on slaughter, pillage and rape, is merely ancient spin by Rome. In his journey Jones exposes the depth of this deception, exploding myths and setting records straight.
Cleopatra - a queen, a seductress, a living Goddess with a reputation that became legendary. We reveal the reasons why Cleopatra's name still resonates through the centuries. With sumptuous drama reconstruction and evidence from key experts including Bettany Hughes, Dr Chris Naunton and Dr Robert Steven Bianchi, we tell the true story behind Egypt's most famous ruler. How she survived a murderous and incestuous dynasty, secured her future by seducing the greatest leader Rome had ever seen and how her eventual fall from grace and ultimate death meant history would never forget her. This is the story of the real Cleopatra.
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.
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.
Cleopatra - a queen, a seductress, a living goddess with a reputation that became legendary - we reveal the reasons why Cleopatra's name still resonates through the centuries. With sumptuous drama reconstruction and evidence from key experts including Bettany Hughes, Chris Naunton and Robert Steven Bianchi, we tell the true story behind Egypt's most famous ruler. How she survived a murderous and incestuous dynasty, secured her future by seducing the greatest leader Rome had ever seen, and how her eventual fall from grace and ultimate death meant history would never forget her. This is the story of the real Cleopatra.
They had no books to study, no history to remember. For them, war was a creative adventure with the fate of whole civilisations at stake. Unlock the truths and myths behind the world of epic heroes and villains. Ancient battles meet the contemporary visual style of Last Stand of the 300 as we spotlight the heroes and military strategies of the ancient world. In creative partnership with the people who brought you the CGI and graphic design for Last Stand of the 300, this series will have the look, excitement and vibrancy of a contemporary graphic novel.
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.
Sixteen skeletons - the remains of a 9th century Mayan royal family - are discovered in a mass grave, revealing a sordid tale of sex, greed, rivalry... and the final clues to one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world: what caused the collapse of the Maya Empire? Exclusive access to one of the most important finds in Maya archaeology combines with the latest in forensics, gripping recreations and advanced computer graphics to present a dramatic tale of how sex, greed and royal power struggles led to the undoing of an ancient superpower.
The Jewish Revolt was the biggest rebellion in Roman history threatening to destabilise the empire. At this time Rome turned to General Vespasian and his son Titus who unleashed the might of Rome on the Jewish people.
Through drama and cutting-edge computer graphics, this programme re-creates the story of Jason and the Argonauts, looking beneath the surface of the myth to unveil its themes, some of which prove to be surprisingly modern.
This documentary lifts the lid on the murderous and incestuous dynasty that gave rise to Egypt's most famous ruler and how Cleopatra, through ruthless political manoeuvring, family betrayal and sensual seduction, endured Rome became her greatest protector.
The battle for supremacy begins as the ancient world divides in two: Roman vs. Barbarian. Hannibal of Carthage builds the first great barbarian alliance to defeat Rome before it becomes unstoppable. The general launches an audacious and unprecedented campaign to strike at the heart of the Republic, conquering the Alps and leaving a trail of death across Italy as he aims for the capital city. But while Hannibal wins the battles, he loses the war. With no viable adversary remaining to stop its advance, Rome marches across the barbarian world, pillaging the land and its people, and reaping a bloody revenge on the tribes that fought alongside Hannibal. When Lusitania comes under the Roman sword, one man emerges to drive them back. This time it s not a military strategist but a simple shepherd, Viriathus, who unites his people to fight against Rome s overwhelming might, the first wave of resistance in an epic 700-year struggle for freedom.
Rome was once a democratic society with regular elections to ensure no one held too much power. This republic lasted for 500 years and was finally brought down because of a young brave soldier named Tiberius Gracchus.
Classicist Michael Scott looks at the prevalence of theatre throughout Greece as Athens began to decline during the fourth century BC, and how it conceived a new kind of comedy that is still popular today.
The ancient Egyptian elite were more than just rich with history. In this series narrated by Alexander Siddig, experts recount tales of excess wealth and discuss the scandalous vices of the era. The pharaohs would do anything to attain power: murder, incest, seduction, and political backstabbing.
The ancient Egyptian elite were more than just rich with history. In this series, with exploits that could've been ripped from the pages of modern magazines, experts will recount tales of excess wealth and discuss the scandalous vices of the era.