A thirteen hour series which focuses on the Germanic, Britannic and other barbarian tribal wars with Rome which ultimately led to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. This series is ... See full summary »
Andre de Nesnera
As destruction rained on Pompeii, 74 men, women and children hid in a dark cellar. They clung to life as Vesuvius raged, only to become the last people to die in the disaster. Their bones ... See full summary »
In an age of Gladiators, the power that was Rome held its empire together with the might of its armies, the sweat and tears of its conquests, and the cheers and bloodlust of its citizens - ... See full summary »
A slave dancer is freed from her Roman masters by an Amazon warrior and is trained as an Amazon warrior and seeks vengeance on the ambitious corrupt Roman general who attacked her village and slain her family.
Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the ... See full summary »
Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia in Rome and falls in love. But she is Christian and doesn't want anything to do with him. Marcus decides to kidnap her but Ursus, her bodyguard, catches Marcus. ... See full summary »
A semi-documentary about the life of Verus, a captive from the Rome's Balkan province of Moesia, who is pressed into the harsh life of a slave in Italian rock quarry. He sees no long term future there, so when the owner of a gladiatorial school comes there to recruit prospective fighters for his school, he purposely picks a fight with another slave to attract attention. Both he and Priscus, the Celtic slave, join the school, become friends, and build careers as renowned gladiators, adored by the crowds in the arena and desired by women of the aristocratic class. The Emporer Titus completes his father Vespasian's pet project, the Colosseum, and wants the inaugural games worthy of his memory, so he specifically selects Verus to fight in them. Written by
The Emperor Titus died six months after the opening of the Colosseum from a mysterious illness in the same farmhouse where his father Emperor Vespasian died. Titus was the first Emperor to succeed his father. He was succeeded by his brother Domitian. See more »
[Referring to life in the rock quarry]
We had a saying. There are no old bones in the pit.
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If you're a Classical addict, watch it. Otherwise...
Odd mix of original language, voice-over (multiple narrators with not distinctive enough voices), filmed drama, attempt at a documentary. I found it enjoyable, because I enjoy nearly everything about the classical world, and enjoy accuracy if the entertainment factor isn't there.
It was nice to see some myths defused, such as gladiators were always killed in the matches. But information regarding the building itself was glossed over. It's an architectural marvel, and deserves as much attention as the bloody spectacles that went on inside.
So if you're a history buff, this isn't boring. If you're not, you may be bored and possibly confused. And it seems that something with this big a budget could have been better. The voice over narrative consists of quotes, the narrator, the subject of the story (Verus the slave), so it gets a bit crowded.
The big cat facts and portrayal were probably the most interesting parts of the video
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