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Barbarians Rising 

Rome. The greatest empire the world has ever known. This docudrama tells the story of Rome through the eyes of the empire's many adversaries who battled to see its destruction.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Ealy ...  Narrator 4 episodes, 2016
Barry Strauss Barry Strauss ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2016
Richard Riddell ...  Flavus 3 episodes, 2016
Julian Kostov ...  Marcus 2 episodes, 2016
Kirsty Mitchell ...  Queen Boudica 2 episodes, 2016
Tom Hopper ...  Arminius 2 episodes, 2016
Ian Beattie ...  Varus 2 episodes, 2016
Josh Bolt ...  Reburrus 2 episodes, 2016
Fintan McKeown ...  Igulomerus 2 episodes, 2016
Steven Berkoff ...  Augustus 2 episodes, 2016
Stefan Popov Stefan Popov ...  Fulco 2 episodes, 2016
Georgi Zlatarev Georgi Zlatarev ...  Segestes 2 episodes, 2016
Daniela Marinova Daniela Marinova ...  Thusnelda 2 episodes, 2016
Dimo Alexiev Dimo Alexiev ...  Emsger 2 episodes, 2016
Dimitar Banenkin Dimitar Banenkin ...  Knimund 2 episodes, 2016
Victor Bitiusca Victor Bitiusca ...  Idlefons 2 episodes, 2016
Leart Dokle Leart Dokle ...  Stilicho 2 episodes, 2016
Gavin Drea ...  Alaric 2 episodes, 2016
Louis Hynes ...  Young Alaric 2 episodes, 2016
Antoaneta Peeva Antoaneta Peeva ...  Young Avina 2 episodes, 2016
Alun Raglan Alun Raglan ...  Crixus 2 episodes, 2016
Marty Rea Marty Rea ...  Lupicinius 2 episodes, 2016
George Remes ...  Unwen 2 episodes, 2016
Steven Waddington ...  Fritigern 2 episodes, 2016
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As the Roman Empire expands, it encounters local populations that it considers 'barbarians', who fight back, effectively and savagely, dealing Rome one blow after another. Hannibal, Viriathus, Armenius, Spartacus and more strike back against Rome, some from without and some from within. See their struggles, their motivations, and the outcomes as these indigenous people's fight for survival, revenge and justice. Written by Chester Collins

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Rome didn't fall in a day.


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Official Sites:

History Channel Documentary

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USA

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English

Release Date:

6 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rebelião dos Bárbaros See more »

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UK See more »

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October Films See more »
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Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 2.0)

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Color

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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The series also omits another great barbarian rebel, Caractacus, a British Chieftain of Catuvellauni tribe who resisted the Romans for almost a decade. Using a mixture of guerrilla tactics, set piece battles and pitched battles he managed several victories against the Romans until he was captured by Rome after being betrayed by Queen Cartimandua, of the Brigantes for a hefty reward. See more »

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Well worth watching
3 July 2016 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

"Barbarians Rising" offers a revolutionary perspective on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. The traditional approach to the subject is that the Grecian "civilization" gave birth to the Roman "civilization" and eventually led the path to "civilization" as we know it today. This series has a different perspective, showing how the Roman "civilization" was an oppressor, taking lands and resources from less organized peoples and cultures, using harsh and often barbaric techniques. You may find yourself cheering for the "barbarians" who resemble what are traditionally known today as "freedom fighters". The idea that Rome was spreading civilization is turned upside down. Instead the makers of this documentary suggest that the Romans are invaders who rape, pillage, and plunder their way around the Mediterranean seeking resources and slaves to maintain their lifestyle.

The series focuses on Hannibal (died 181 BCE) in Northern Africa, Viriatus (died 139 BCE) in Lusitania (Portugal), Spartacus (died in 71 BCE), Arminius (died in 21 CE) in Germany, Queen Boudica (died 60 CE) and Fritigern (died 380 CE) in Britain, Alaric (died 410 CE) of the Visigoths, Attila the Hun (died 453 CE), and Genseric (died 477 CE) of the Vandals.

The series is a bit blood thirsty, but so were the times. There are maps and voice overs to keep you well informed.


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