Empires-The Roman Empire: In the First Century (Roadshow) (2001)

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The Roman Empire ~ In the First Century
Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the world was ruled by Rome. The Roman Empire struggled with problems which are surprisingly familiar: violent coups, assassinations, overarching ambition, civil war, clashes between the classes as well as the sexes, and questions of personal freedom versus government control. But from the chaos, the Roman Empire would emerge stronger and more dazzling than ever before. Soon, it would stretch from Britain across Europe to the shores of North Africa: and from Spain across Greece and the Middle East to the borders of Asia. It would embrace hundreds of languages and religions and till its many cultures into a rich soil from which Western civilisation would grow. Rome would become the world's first and most enduring superpower.
Episode 1 ~ Order from Chaos
Millions of people - both famous and uncelebrated - play parts in the astonishing rise of Rome. Above them all is Caesar Augustus. Born in times of crisis and raised amid civil war, Augustus comes to personify the people he leads. He is contradictory; he is influential; and he is enormously popular. But those that cross Augustus face dire consequences. The story of Augustan Rome is the story of greatness at a price.
Episode 2 ~ Years of Trial
In the year 14AD, Caesar Augustus dies and the empire stands at a crossroads. A reluctant new emperor confronts mutiny and intrigue. At first Tiberius struggles to emulate his predecessor, but he soon abandons the effort. His ultimate decline ushers in one of the most notorious rulers of the ancient world: Caligula. Fear and conspiracy grip Rome. In Judaea, a charismatic leader named Jesus challenges the religious and political establishment.
Episode 3 ~ Winds of Change
In the aftermath of Caligula's madness, Claudius rises to become one of the greatest emperors of the Roman Empire...only to fall victim to a brutally ambitious wife. A principled philosopher named Seneca finds himself compromised as tutor to the erratic young Emperor Nero. In Britain, a warrior queen named Boudicca battles Roman legions, and from Judaea, a revolutionary named Paul begins spreading the words of Jesus across Roman lands. Back in the capital, Nero's disastrous rule shakes the empire to its foundation. Rome nearly burns to the ground. The empire is on the edge of disaster.
Episode 4 ~ Years of Eruption
With Nero's death, the dynasty of Augustus comes to an end. Once again the empire faces an uncertain future. A new dynasty brings another tyrant to the throne, and Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii and thousands of people beneath a torrent of ash and mud. But the empire weathers the traumas. As the first century draws to a close, the Emperor Trajan expands the empire to its greatest geographic extent and offers new prosperity to a great number of citizens. He sets the course for generations to come and projects the collective voice of ancient Rome across the ages.
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Margaret Koval
Lyn Goldfarb
Dana Kaproff
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Documentary 2001 218:03 (Case: 220) 576i (PAL) 4
Widescreen 1.75:1, NOT 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English for the Hearing Impaired
Main Menu Introduction, Main Menu Audio, Trailer-The Empires Series
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