Ancient Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire
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Ancient Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire: Rebellion

Season 1 Episode 4 The History Channel February 23, 2019

Ancient history

History

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A docu-drama covering the rise and the fall of the Roman world, including the founding by Julius Caesar and the building of Rome by Nero.

A docu-drama covering the rise and the fall of the Roman world, including the founding by Julius Caesar and the building of Rome by Nero.

Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives
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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives: End Of The World

Season 1 Episode 4 BBC Knowledge April 5, 2010

Ancient history

history

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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 ...

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.

Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives
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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives: Savage Goths

Season 1 Episode 2 BBC Knowledge March 22, 2010

Ancient history

history

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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 ...

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.

Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives
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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives: Primitive Celts

Season 1 Episode 1 BBC Knowledge March 15, 2010

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history

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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, ...

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.

Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives
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Terry Jones: Barbarian Lives: Brainy Barbarians

Season 1 Episode 3 BBC Knowledge March 29, 2010

Ancient history

history

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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 ...

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.

Gladiator Graveyard
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Gladiator Graveyard

The History Channel August 10, 2018

Ancient history

History

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For years gladiators have been legendary figures of the Ancient World; the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters like Spartacus, or Gladiator. But our knowledge has been based ...

For years gladiators have been legendary figures of the Ancient World; the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters like Spartacus, or Gladiator. But our knowledge has been based largely on speculation - until now. Timewatch have secured exclusive access to the biggest archaeological gladiator research project of all time. As it approaches its conclusion, Gladiator CSI reveals the secrets of how gladiators lived, fought and died, not from speculation but from forensic science. In the 1990s a survey for the ancient course of the Holy Procession Path between the temple of Artemis (one of the seven Wonders of the World) and the city of Ephesus in Turkey came upon an unexpected find: a mass burial site. But most of the cadavers did not bear the signs of death from natural causes. Instead, they seem to have met a violent end. In 2002 two forensic anthropologists went to investigate: this was a gladiator graveyard. Although the corpses of gladiators had been found before, they tended to be isolated examples. In this graveyard, no less than 67 were buried. The amount of data was unprecedented. Employing two of the world's leading forensics anthropologists as our two crime scene investigators, this is the story of their investigation. Their research makes ground-breaking conclusions probing popular myths about gladiators: Is the currently fashionable thesis that although gladiators fought vicious contests, they rarely battled to the death, really true? Were the losers of gladiatorial contests really dispatched in the arena by the turning of the emperor's thumb? Were gladiators treated as no more than animals, with no provision for their health or well-being? Spanning two centuries, our 67 corpses reveal great technological changes in fighting equipment and wounds from weapons that were hitherto thought only to be the stuff of myth (like the cubic fore dent).

Empire Games
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Empire Games: Chinese Empire

Season 1 Episode 4 The History Channel June 26, 2018

Ancient history

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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, ...

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. Born in 624 CE, Wu Zhao became the concubine of Emperor Taizong. Her entry into the palace would begin one of the most dramatic periods in Chinese history. She would ultimately rule as the Empress Wu and expand Chinese military and political control in Central Asia and the Korean peninsula. Court intrigue raged during her reign and she successfully undermined constant attempts to usurp her power. In the end, however, ill health and conspiracy would combine to force her abdication. The former rulers seized control and the second Zhao dynasty began and ended with her.

First Civilisations
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First Civilisations: War

Episode 1 SBS July 8, 2018

Ancient history

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How can something as devastating as war help bring about civilisation? Ancient Mesoamerica is the perfect petri dish to examine the process of 'destructive creation'. ...

How can something as devastating as war help bring about civilisation? Ancient Mesoamerica is the perfect petri dish to examine the process of 'destructive creation'. Evolutionary theorist Peter Turchin regards war as a necessary evil. It brought people together in a common cause while stimulating an arms race of technological progress.

The Ascent of Civilization
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The Ascent of Civilization: The Germanic People

Season 2 Episode 2 The History Channel October 24, 2018

Ancient history

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There is barely a country in Europe that cannot look back on Germanic roots, though there has never been one unified people. The term 'Germanic' actually refers to a number of ...

There is barely a country in Europe that cannot look back on Germanic roots, though there has never been one unified people. The term 'Germanic' actually refers to a number of tribes and clans that lived in Central and Northern Europe from the 6th century BC. Gaius Julius Caesar is said to have used it when talking about the Gallic war. However, the Romans were full of contempt for the Germanic peoples, Tacitus calling their home a hideous blood-curdling place full of dark woods and swamplands.

Empire Games
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Empire Games: The Greeks

Season 1 Episode 2 The History Channel June 12, 2018

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When Alexander the Great lay on his deathbed his companions asked to whom he wished to leave his kingdom. "To the strongest," was his reply. The passing of the great conqueror ...

When Alexander the Great lay on his deathbed his companions asked to whom he wished to leave his kingdom. "To the strongest," was his reply. The passing of the great conqueror plunged the Greek Empire into 40 years of war as kings, generals and henchmen vied for ultimate power.

Egypt's Sun King: The Mystery Tombs
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Egypt's Sun King: The Mystery Tombs

Episode 1 SBS April 8, 2018

Ancient history

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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 ...

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.

Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror
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Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror

The History Channel September 1, 2012

Ancient history

Ethical understanding

Critical thinking

11-12
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Using the latest archaeological evidence, including identifying the possible location of his tomb, the true story of the emperor they called the Viper of Rome, Caligula, is ...

Using the latest archaeological evidence, including identifying the possible location of his tomb, the true story of the emperor they called the Viper of Rome, Caligula, is revealed.

Cleopatra
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Cleopatra

Episode 2 The History Channel September 11, 2017

Ancient history

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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. ...

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.

The Ancient Greek Olympics
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The Ancient Greek Olympics

Episode 1 The History Channel May 14, 2011

Ancient history

Health and PE

11-12
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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 ...

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.

Battles BC
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Battles BC

The History Channel September 21, 2011

Ancient history

Critical thinking

11-12
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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 ...

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.

The Ancient Greek Olympics
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The Ancient Greek Olympics

Episode 2 The History Channel May 21, 2011

Ancient history

Health and PE

11-12
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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, ...

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
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Cleopatra

Episode 1 The History Channel September 4, 2017

Ancient history

7-8
9-10
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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. ...

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.

Ancient Rome: Rise And Fall Of An Empire
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Ancient Rome: Rise And Fall Of An Empire: Caesar

Season 1 Episode 1 BBC Knowledge November 8, 2011

Ancient history

11-12
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Probably the most famous Roman of them all, Caesar overthrew a 500 year old republic and seized power for himself in perhaps the single greatest turning point in the history ...

Probably the most famous Roman of them all, Caesar overthrew a 500 year old republic and seized power for himself in perhaps the single greatest turning point in the history of Rome.