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Nero's Golden House

4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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It was once the grandest, most ostentatious building on earth. It was built by the most infamous emperor in history to satiate his many and various lusts.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Phil Grabsky
  • Directors: Phil Grabsky
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TILDQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
This DVD fulfills a need for a documentary on the subject. Commentaries by foremost scholars were most welcome, however the scenes showing life in a modern context were, I feel inappropriate for a documentary on the ancient world.

There should have been more coverage of the ancient artworks relevant to the period, and more detailed aspects of Nero's principate.
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This was a fun documentary about Nero's Golden House. I loved the photography from inside the little remaining portion, as well as the dome that was once likely a grand dining room.

It was nice to see the other aspects of Nero discussed, and not the 'bad press' the winners of the political games of the time gave us. However, no matter how you look at it, his is a sad fate, as well as a sad life. From dealing with his mother, then the measures he took to keep his position, right to his death at a relatively young age.

The documentary inspired me to look up additional information about him, so I would say it did its job in making me think. :)
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This is one of the few references I've seen to the Golden House that has video and schematics of the entire layout of the 'palace grounds'. There is a good discussion of Nero and the dynamics of his rule as an emperor. It's interesting, but seems somewhat unimpressive in the recreations...as no one knows what most of it looked like it seems as if they could have used a little more flair in showing what it could have been like. From the Golden House's description, it's amazing that it was filled in with rubble or otherwise demolished soon after Nero's death. Say what you want about Nero, but he had style...
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This is a really quite excellent look at something for which most people, such as me, have little appreciation or of which we were even aware. The discussion of archeology, architecture, engineering, and design with regard to the history thereof is first rate. I do take exception, along with another earlier reviewer, of the use of modern images overplayed and put into this video so out of context in place and time. Modern connections have their place, but not as unpredictable piecemeal splatterings into the story.
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Good documentary with a nice mix of present day photography of art and architecture and interesting animated scenes of what the Golden House might have looked like. The experts interviewed certainly were knowledgeable. I learned some thing about Nero I did not know, which makes watching this pretty short program (a bit less than an hour) well worth the time.
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