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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
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 »
I think the keyword here is docudrama. Is the series 100% accurate? No, it can't be, we weren't there and most of the history of the times came from the Romans themselves. That said, it had well acted and engrossing stories that made me do much additional reading on the significant characters. It was enlightening, fun and entertaining to boot. If I was a teacher and wanted to get young adults interested in Roman history, I would definitely use this as an introduction. I highly recommend.
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