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Terry Jones' Barbarians

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  • Actors: Terry Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,267 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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So you think you know everything about the Romans?
Monty Python’s Terry Jones invites you on an entertaining expedition through Roman history from an entirely different perspective – that of the Barbarians. Far from the uncivilized savages they have been believed to be, many of these "non-Romans" were not barbaric at all. They were, in fact, highly organized and intelligent societies that had no intentions of overthrowing Rome or its Empire. A rare blend of scholarly research and archaeological evidence along with Jones’ familiar brand of irreverent humor gives this fascinating series a unique insight into the Barbarians, the Romans and the creation of the modern world.

Includes the episodes:
(Disc One) The Primitive Celts – The Brainy Barbarians
(Disc Two) The Savage Goths – The End of the World

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as the Book... April 15, 2008
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Of course, a television program, which is what this was before it was made into a DVD, is never going to have the kind of detail and cogency of a book. The book which was made for the series (or is it the other way round?) contains a lot more information, and documentation of the propositions made by the author regarding the short-comings of Roman civilization. My review of the DVD is colored by the fact that I read the book before seeing the DVD, but this does not really invalidate my criticisms since reading the book has given me (at least I hope) a more complete picture of what Mr. Jones was trying to say in the video.

Much of what the author says regarding the European barbarians (Goths, Vandals, and Celts) is not new, and has been known for much of the last two centuries. The kind of pro-Roman chauvinism to which Mr. Jones is so opposed largely went out with Edward Gibbon in the 18th century. It may be that they were still teaching Gibbon when he was going to school. After all, he is kind of old. I remember when I was in college having a professor who actually believed that the Roman fleet used galley slaves, as was portrayed in Ben Hur. I tried to explain to him that even Mommsen, back in the 19th century, knew that was not the case, but he just accused me of being credulous. I digress.

Still, there is a lot of very interesting new archaeological information presented in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I would recommend it to anyone interested in history of the period, with the caveat that Mr. Jones really has it in for the Romans, and he tends to stack the deck against them. I suspect he is descended from Boudicca, or at the very least was bullied by a classicist in school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Barbarians ... Terry Jones ... Koch Vision (2008)" March 4, 2008
Koch Vision and BBC presents "TERRY JONES' BARBARIANS" (2007) (205 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) ---Terry Jones' Barbarians is a 4-part TV documentary series first broadcast on BBC 2 in 2006 --- It was presented and written by ex-Python Terry Jones, challenging the received Roman and Roman Catholic notion of the barbarian --- It could be compared to his earlier series Terry Jones' Medieval Lives in that it questions aspects of history that everyone takes for granted --- So you think you know everything about the Romans? They gave us sophisticated road systems, chariots and the modern-day calendar --- And of course they had to contend with barbarian hordes who continually threatened the peace, safety and prosperity of their Empire. Didn't they?

Terence Graham Parry Jones (born 1 February 1942) is a Welsh comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, children's author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host --- He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team --- As a member of the Monty Python troupe, Jones is remembered for his roles as middle-aged women and the bowler-hatted "man in the street" --- He typically wrote sketches in partnership with Palin.

THE PRIMITIVE CELTS (First broadcast 26th May 2006)
1. Celtic Barbarians
2. Caesar's Gallic Wars

THE SAVAGE GOTHS (First broadcast 2nd June 2006)
1. Arminius
2. Dacian Wars
3. Alaric I's sack of Rome

THE BRAINY BARBARIANS (First broadcast 9th June 2006)
Jones argues that the ancient Greeks and Persians were in reality far from the Roman view of them as effeminate and addicted to luxury.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Solid and Fun History Lesson June 20, 2008
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Mr. Jones is to be congratuated for a fun, interesting & breezy history lesson about some of the myths about the Folks who finally knocked off the Roman Empire. Altogether its a good introduction about an interesting period of History.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbaric Humor March 26, 2008
Terry Jones brings the humor of his works with Monty Python into the realm of historical documentary in "Barbarians". Jones debunks many inaccuracies regarding the Roman Empire and the treatment of civilizations that came into contact with Rome. A great source for High school or college level students, as well as the history enthusiast.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Documentary June 25, 2008
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Terry Jones brings his classic wit and candor to this revisionist documentary. While keeping the tone light, this program evaluates the nature of several of the barbarian races of the ancient world, but examines them from a neutral viewpoint, rather than toeing the party line. Ultimately, it is shown that the so-called barbarians were often much more civilized than the Romans realized or, in fact, were themselves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real History ! September 12, 2009
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I love the way that Terry Jones treats history, often a complete odds with what I was taught in school so long ago ! It is sometimes hard to believe that most of the Monty Python team were highly educated, and not just crazy. These TJ DVDs sort of sit in the middle between crazy and totally serious ! So the Barbarians weren't so much barbaric after all, it's all a point of view !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbarians not Barbie dolls May 5, 2008
This was an excellent buy. Really worth it. It was more indepth than I had expected, which was a bonus. It turns the traditional historical view on its head, and gets the audience thinking, which is a must in my book!
Thoroughly recommend this DVD to anyone who likes learning about history without being force fed one-sided facts.Terry Jones' Barbarians
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Informative and fun to watch.
Published 18 days ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, smart, NOT boring
Smart, NOT boring. I sent these 2 DVDs to my great nephew, knowing that after his intense reading about Romans & Greeks; he will be reframing his picture of the Roman Empire.
Published 20 days ago by Lee Rasmussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear the Barbarians! Oh, wait... Fear the Romans!
The companion book of this series is quite necessary to have more details and clarification. Because, let's face it, it was a really confusing time. Read more
Published 26 days ago by MichaŽl M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun With New Knowledge
So you think all that barbarians did was "slay, burn, plunder!"? Well, yes, they did their share of it, but there are also other facts about them that Terry Jones... Read more
Published 6 months ago by suzietoo
5.0 out of 5 stars This series often challenges the popular views of history
This series "Terry Jones' Barbarians" by the author of the book of the same name is mentioned in a course of the Blumberg Western Cannon. So I had to watch the series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Terry Jones has a talent for presenting information about European History in an entertaining way, without getting silly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by William E. Byrnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Jone's Barbarians
I thought it was a good view on the other side of the story. Not just that of the romans. I would watch it again and the price was right also.
Published 8 months ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
A great series - history well told. Informative, educational, entertaining, get it you will learn something and have fun at the same time.
Published 18 months ago by compton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Terry Jones adds humor to history lessons. I learned a great deal from this DVD, so I plan on getting more of his documentaries. There is nothing boring and things move along. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic documentary
Jones delivers fantastic information and humor in this Documentary on how the Roman Empire interacted with it's "Barbarian" neighbors. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Teacher 83
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