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Ancients Behaving Badly DVD Set (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00354TU68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Take an innovative look at some of the world s most fascinating, iconic, and ruthless leaders as HISTORYTM cuts through the folklore to present precise portraits of characters from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan and Caligula to Cleopatra. Using the latest historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, analysis of torture instruments, and battlefield dynamics, ANCIENTS BEHAVING BADLY sheds light on these leaders and how they really came to power (most killed off family members); treated their subjects, friends, and family; were so successful in keeping their power; demonstrated battlefield leadership; and achieved such spectacular transformations at home. Expert interviews, on-location shots, and CGI help to re-create their environments and provide stunning reenactments.

HISTORY brings to life eight of the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world on 2 DVDs.

DISC 1: Caligula / Attila The Hun / Julius Caesar / Alexander the Great

DISC 2: Nero / Hannibal / Genghis Khan/ Cleopatra

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Ancients Behaving Badly
8 Episodes on 2 Discs (2010)

"Ancients Behaving Badly" are documentary-style episodes from the History Channel about eight of the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world: Caligula, Attila the Hun, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hannibal, Genghis Khan, and Nero. They cover the latest historical finds to support or disprove claims made about each of these leaders and the treatment of their subjects, their battlefield strategy, and how they achieved and maintained their power. Interviews are taken with experts and are combined with on-location footage and some illustrated CGI reenactments.

There is a scale used to judge the bad behavior at the end of each episode comparing a range of Psychopathic Killer to Goal-Driven Character. It also dictates how they rate with Narcissistic Personality Disorder to get terrifying historical personalities. Certain acts indicate a logical approach and keen insight and other acts apparently diagnose a psychosis. The experts interviewed are historians and also occasionally scientists or other experts. They work to figure out what things like what type of poison Nero may have used on his stepbrother and if it was possible for Nero to rig a canopy to fall on his mother to crush her while she sailed on her boat.

The historians like to compare the "ancients" to more modern historic figures like Hitler, Mussolini, etc. One historian calls Caligula "Freddy Krueger in a toga." Attila the Hun "makes Hannibal Lector look like Mother Teresa."

It is a very interesting and eye-opening show that takes rumors and stories you may vaguely remember for a textbook and get to the bottom of them in all their naughty glory.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Ricky
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The following is a 2 disc DVD that will cover:

1. Alexander The Great
2. Atila the Hun
3. Julius Caesar
4. Caligula
5. Cleopatra
6. Hannibal
7. Genghis Khan
8. Nero

Each episode corresponds to each of these leaders. You will get a small biography, with their beginnings, as well as important moments for them. They will talk about how they ruled the world, and what they did to reach that status; most of them did it at any price, even if it meant getting rid of their own blood.

The team that works on this documentary traveled to each location when studying each leader. One of the greatest things is how they challenge what is described in books corresponding to the time of each leader. For example when it is known to us by sources that such leader destroyed walls in such a matter, today, with their technology they put it to the test to see if such comment was true or fictional. This is awesome! You will be surprised.

I honestly don't know how some people could rate this documentary so low; I have seen so many of them and, in general, I would have to say that almost always these documentaries do not dissapoint.

I hope you do give it a try and see for yourself... you don't know what you're missing. Believe it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Truth in History October 16, 2013
Is there ever justification for such brutality? According to this series, yes there is as long as you can get away with it. Fortunately for the world, most of these tyrants died young. The 2 most notorious, Caesar and Khan, cast such long shadows in history because they had long bloody lives. I know others seemed more deviant but these 2 killed millions, annihilated entire nations, and no one cared. Also if you want more fine documentary on these and other tyrants, check out Battles B.C.: The Complete Season One.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History Revealed March 31, 2014
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Ancients Behaving Badly—is everything all about the ones featured, from Caligula to Hannibal. They show graphic cartoony pictures, but they serve a great importance in the understanding of that historic person. Also, they really use many scientific tests to prove of their wrong beings, such as how Nero pulled off the murder of his step-brother Britannicus. Lastly, they use the help of a forensic phycologist to analyze their demonic ways.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity July 28, 2014
By AMY6700
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Once again, the "HISTORY" channel, I use the term loosely, tries to put out an educational program of some of the greatest minds of the ancient world. Too bad it shows like a "Real housewives" program with high drama and useless commentary. Why are we looking at the ancient world through a modern day lens??? To do this is to "dumb down" some great history. Of course the Romans were wild and "debauched", that is how it was back then!! That was the norm, there were no sins, morals, or "take the high road", it was a matter of survival of the fittest. How can you say anything bad about Alexander the great, whose military campaigns are still studied today?? One commentator called him a "boogeyman", really?? Same with Caesar, who is still considered one of the greatest military generals who walked the earth. Every one of these ancients had huge contributions to their societies and changed the world as we know it today. Oh, did you know Cleopatra married her brother? Duh, it was ancient Egypt, that was how they believed they kept their bloodlines pure, and had done so for the last 2500 years. This program tries to stamp a modern slant which doesn't work. History channel needs to go back to making better historical programs, not historical fiction and save the drama for the Bravo network.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Not sure how historically "accurate" this set is, but it's morbidly amusing with a tongue-in-cheek educational, bend. Read more
Published 4 months ago by shanahanmarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Both educational and entertaining
I found Ancients Behaving Badly an entertaining look at a handful of ancient monarchs and leaders, such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Caesar, and Hannibal. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RET
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
I bought this for my daughter who loves the TV show. It is very interesting and she is going to start a collection of them. So I guess I will be buying more in the future.
Published 21 months ago by Sewinghra
1.0 out of 5 stars About as Pathetic as History Channel "documentaries" get.
I will just summarise a few things that i didnt like about "Ancients Behaving Badly".

1. very dumbed down content which will show an ancient site.. Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by horoscopy
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Not a bad show overall. Some interesting facts in it, also a lot of speculation - with that said, I still enjoyed every episode.
Published on July 10, 2012 by Daria D
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless
I call this "useless" because of my intended purpose for it:

I purchased this thinking I could use it with my students. Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by SecretGardenRocks
1.0 out of 5 stars Sensationalist Nonsense
The History Channel has obviously decided they can acquire a wider audience by resorting to puerile pandering and that's a shame. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by -Slap-
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time...
After watching this series I want those hours back. Most of the narrative seemed juvenile and overly dramatic for no good reason. I expected a bit better from the History Channel. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Cinter
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Interesting Video!
This video has everything. It is tastefully done to inform but not SHOCK. I found it a perfect balance of education and entertainment. Read more
Published on May 3, 2011 by JUNEBUG51
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