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A series of documentaries that go over the world's history and it's many accomplishments.
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Peter Weller ... Himself - Host (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Michael Carroll ... Narrator (12 episodes, 2006-2007)

Series Directed by
Mark Cannon (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Dana Ross (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ted Poole (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Writing credits
Ed Fields (4 episodes, 2006)
Dana Ross (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ted Poole (2 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Randy Martin .... series producer (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Bobby Munster .... technical producer (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
Dana Ross .... producer (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ted Poole .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Ingrid Rojas .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Renee Sniatkowski .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2006)

Dolores Gavin .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Bill Hunt .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Vincent Kralyevich .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Kristine Sabat .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Michael Richard Plowman (7 episodes, 2006)
Peter Boyer (4 episodes, 2006)
Series Cinematography by
Peter Fackler (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tim Metzger (3 episodes, 2006)
Dan Walworth (3 episodes, 2006)
Julie Kirkwood (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Film Editing by
Christopher Dillon (2 episodes, 2006)
Amilcar Gomes (2 episodes, 2006)
Bobby Munster (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Production Management
Jerome F. Calimeri .... production manager (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randi Woxland .... first assistant director (1 episode, 2006)
Series Sound Department
Jacques Boulanger .... re-recording mixer (1 episode, 2006)
Miguel Sandoval Jr. .... sound (1 episode, 2006)
Miguel Sandoval .... sound (1 episode, 2006)
Series Visual Effects by
Linda Beck .... animation and effects producer (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Gabriel Gornell .... visual effects executive producer (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Lucien Harriot .... visual effects supervisor (11 episodes, 2006-2007)
Michael Heinz .... cg supervisor (11 episodes, 2006-2007)
Patrick Krebs .... visual effects assistant producer / visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Stunts
Roman Grigaravicius .... stunt rider (1 episode, 2006)
Arturas Nemanis .... horse master (1 episode, 2006)
Grigorij Strelec .... stunt rider (1 episode, 2006)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Yuan .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Peter Fackler .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2006)
Vakis Grillis .... key grip (2 episodes, 2006)
Josh Ingalls .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Editorial Department
Jerome Bourgeois .... post-production coordinator (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Will Cox .... colorist / on-line editor (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Sandy Patch .... on-line editor (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Brice Bishop-Pullan .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Other crew
Codine Williams .... production accountant (7 episodes, 2006)
Laurie-Anne Vazquez .... production coordinator / production assistant (3 episodes, 2006-2007)

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Fine Documentary Series., 9 March 2010
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Well, I suppose opinions may differ, but I thought this was a splendid series from the History Channel, both informative and entertaining.

It's not ONLY about engineering, which was great with me -- a non-engineer -- and it focuses on two or three of the more memorable structures or, more generally, engineering triumphs, in each episode.

These achievements aren't presented sui generis. Each is given a historical context, a reason for being. If Polycrates of Samos is at war and is afraid that his city may be isolated from its water supply, which is on the other side of a great mountain, he builds a tunnel through the mountain that slopes downward from the spring to the city. That's why he built this demoniacally complicated affair. And how did Polycrates do it? He did it by using high-school level plane geometry, that's how.

Peter Weller makes an occasional appearance on each site, although he's not the narrator. I admire Peter Weller a lot, not so much as an individual but as a type. He had an active career on the movie screen, not an outstanding one, and he could have lived off that. But, like Bob Cosby, his intellectual curiosity simultaneously led him in a different direction. He acquired academic credentials and now is a professor affiliated with Syracuse University. If I'd taken that job offer many years ago he'd have been my colleague and I'd have been proud of it.

I haven't seen all the episodes yet but I have the impression that a few details have been skipped or simplified. It's good to know that the Athenians lifted the pieces of each column of the Parthenon by means of cranes, but it would have been helpful if it had been explained that, with a pulleys, you lift a great weight with a lesser force by moving the free end of the pulley a greater distance. I'm not sure I've used the right terms here but the idea is simple enough to take only a minute to explain on the screen.

Anyway, there are reenactments of a sort. We see a few of the historical figures sweeping around the things they built. But none of it is pretentious. No CGIs of a thousand warriors clashing. No cast of thousands. Just a couple of people in period dress so we can put a name to the face.

Anyone with more intellectual curiosity than your average armadillo should find this interesting. I realize that leaves out a lot of people.

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