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Building The Ancient City
59:05

Building The Ancient City

Episode 1  |  SBS  |  November 8, 2015
The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they ...

The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they function? Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the remains of these ancient megalopolises, explaining how to make a city work without the benefits of modern technology.

Scotland: Rome's Final Frontier
55:14

Scotland: Rome's Final Frontier

SBS  |  April 13, 2014
The incredible story of how Scotland became the Roman Empire's toughest military challenge. At the height of its power, Rome boasted the domination of millions of people and ...

The incredible story of how Scotland became the Roman Empire's toughest military challenge. At the height of its power, Rome boasted the domination of millions of people and vast tracts of lands as far east as Syria, Egypt in the south, Spain in the west and the Germanic wildernesses in the north. In 43 AD Emperor Claudius' forces invaded and conquered Britain, but there was one small part of these barbarian lands that wasn't so easy to crush.

Ancient Megacities
1:56:45

Ancient Megacities

SBS  |  September 3, 2017
The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they ...

The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they function? Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the remains of these ancient megalopolises, explaining how to make a city work without the benefits of modern technology. He first journeys across stunning locations in Greece to find out how Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens. Andrew then reveals how Rome surpassed all those cities from the ancient world that had gone before.

From the Silk Road to the Great Wall, Ancient China is a rich and diverse tapestry of dynasties and empires. Learn more about the rich history of one of the world's largest superpowers.
The Egyptian Empire was once the pinnacle of civilisation. An explosion of wealth, power and creativity made it the envy of the ancient world. But what led to its downfall?
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, it left a trail of destruction in its wake. Among them, the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.
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