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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 ...  Self 4 episodes, 2016
Richard Riddell 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 ...  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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This documentary-drama contains 6 actors and actresses from the hit series Game of Thrones (2011). This includes Clive Russell who portrayed Blackfish, Ian Beattie who portrayed Meryn Trant, Ian McElhinney who portrayed Barristan Selmy, Kerry Ingram who portrayed Shireen Baratheon ,Murray McArthur who portrayed Dim Dalba and Tom Hopper who portrayed Dickon Tarly. See more »

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Some educational value but by no means definitive.....
27 June 2018 | by s3276169See all my reviews

Firstly this is not, let me repeat this not, in my estimation, an accurate historical documentary. There's license taken with some of the historical facts in order, I suspect to fit the flow of the story line(s) crafted for this short series.

Casting that not inconsiderable fact aside, what this series does do and does well, is bring a general facsimile of ancient Western history alive. This is a positive in so much as it that may encourage the interest of those who have no academic background in the subject.

What assists Barbarians Rising immensely, is a quality, mostly British cast. There are some well known faces here who breathe life, in a convincingly down to earth way, into key historical players from the period.

As a note I'd add some have criticized this series because of its title. Its true many of the civilizations the Roman's labelled "Barbarian" were sophisticated. Some more so than Rome itself. What this refers to is the Roman "attitude" towards other civilizations. This is clearly defined at the beginning of each episode and indeed, does accurately reflect Romes general attitudes, to anyone not Roman or classically Greek.

All in all, as is often the case where historical truth meets the commercial imperative to entertain, some license has been taken but there is still enough on offer here, to say this series does have some general educational value too. 7/10 from me.


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6 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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